Something Is Rotten In Denmark . . .


The original quote, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” is usually shortened to “something is rotten is Denmark” as a cliché; a short trite and often overused expression.

But the quote originated in Hamlet, Act 1, scene 4, 87-91:

He waxes desperate with imagination.

Let’s follow. ‘Tis not fit thus to obey him.

Have after. To what issue will this come?

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

Heaven will direct it.

Nay, let’s follow him. [Exeunt.]

There’s a reason Marcellus says “state of Denmark” rather than just Denmark: the fish is rotting from the head down—all is not well at the top of the political hierarchy.  And as the world turns, the same can be said more frequently of the “state of … (fill in the blanks).”  This week it raised its ugly head again if you’re paying attention; although most are not.  Accordingly, the state [or government] waxes “desperate with imagination” for the purpose of serving their own special interests: revenues, revenues, revenues, revenues . . . and did we forget to say, “Revenues?”

So desperate, in fact, that collection arm for desperation – the Internal Revenue Service – could now be the next scandal in the long list of desperation events. Desperation upon desperation, crisis upon crisis, leads to the trend frequency.  The only question to be asked is, will there – eventually – be a new American Revolution?  The news is watching.

What’s rotten in Denmark, may also be rotten in the United States?   The fish is rotting from the head down!

Categories : Shaking: Political

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