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Rick Robinson: Ted Cruz's RNC Speech as a Shakespearean Soliloquy

With apologies to Bill Shakespeare

Act 3, Scene 2

Delegates, Republicans, Super PAC contributors, lend me your ears;

I come to bury Donald Trump, not to praise him.

The evil that candidates do lives after them;

The good is oft interred in their tweets;

So let it be with The Donald. The Donald

Hath tweeted I was ambitious:

If it were so, it was a grievous fault,

And grievously hath I answer'd for it.

Here, under leave of The Donald and Pence --

For The Donald is the nominee;

So all Trump’s followers are all, all honourable men --

Come I to speak at the GOP’s convention.

It like many was once my Party, faithful and just to so many:

But The Donald tweeteth Marco was little;

And Christie was of burly girth.

The Establishment hath brought many leaders to DC

Whose tax increases did the general coffers fill:

Did this in the Establishment seem ambitious?

When that the business lobbyists have cried, the GOP leaders hath wept:

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:

Yet The Donald says I was ambitious;

And The Donald is the nominee.

You all did see that on the Speaker’s Chair

The GOP thrice presented Boehner a kingly crown,

Which he did finally refuse: was this ambition?

Yet The Donald says I was ambitious;

And, sure, The Donald is the nominee.

I speak not to endorse The Donald’s nomination,

But here I am to speak what I do know.

You all did love the Establishment once, not without cause:

What cause withholds you then, to mourn it via The Donald’s nomination?

O voter conscience! thou art fled to brutish beasts,

And men must vote to its reason. Bear with me;

My campaign debt is in the coffin there with the Grand Old Party,

And I must pause till after the general election,

Then might I start my ambition anew.

Rick Robinson is an award winning and Amazon top selling author of political thrillers. His latest, The Advance Man, can be found on Amazon and at bookstores everywhere.  

Photo: Ted Cruz (via Wiki Commons)