This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the 'Chandos portrait' after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My apologies to William Shakespeare.
How shall we obstruct thee? Let us count the ways.
We shall obstruct thee to the depth and breath and height, especially depth.
Our souls can reach, when feeling out of sight and mind.
For the ends of being and the approval of the 1%.
We shall obstruct thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light and darkest night.
We shall obstruct thee freely, as men strive to serve the Right.
We shall obstruct thee surely, as we turn from reason.
We shall obstruct thee with passion put to use
In our old griefs, and with childhood’s spite
We shall obstruct thee with a passion born of blindness
With our lost probity. We shall obstruct thee with endless words,
Smiles, crocodile tears, of all life; and if God choose
We shall obstruct thee until the death of the Republic.
P.S. From a Rolling Stone interview with President Obama:
“Is there any way to break through that obstructionism by Republicans?
My hope is that if the American people send a message to them that’s consistent with the fact that Congress is polling at 13 percent right now, and they suffer some losses in this next election, that there’s going to be some self-reflection going on – that it might break the fever. They might say to themselves, “You know what, we’ve lost our way here. We need to refocus on trying to get things done for the American people.”
Frankly, I know that there are good, decent Republicans on Capitol Hill who, in a different environment, would welcome the capacity to work with me. But right now, in an atmosphere in which folks like Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist are defining what it means to be a true conservative, they are lying low. My hope is that after this next election, they’ll feel a little more liberated to go out and say, “Let’s redirect the Republican Party back to those traditions in which a Dwight Eisenhower can build an interstate highway system.””