Trump is Moby-Dick, the Democrats are Captain Ahab

In a telling way, the current political scene is a replay of Herman Melville's 1851 novel, Moby-Dick, with Donald Trump being the great white whale and the Democrats playing the role of the vengeful Captain Ahab. 

In the story, whaling captain Ahab is obsessed with killing Moby-Dick.  This is traced back to an event a year earlier on a whaling expedition in the Pacific.  Then, Moby-Dick took one of Ahab's legs, "as a mower a blade of grass in the field."  From then on, Ahab wore a peg leg carved from the jawbone of a sperm whale. 

The experience traumatized Ahab.  Even Moby-Dick's color grated on Ahab's mind.  To him, the color white symbolized nobility and goodness, while the whale itself was the embodiment of evil.  Hate took over Ahab, blotting out reason and common sense.  When he sets out on his final voyage from Nantucket on the Pequod, making a profitable haul for the ship's owners is not his priority.  Killing Moby-Dick and boiling his blubber into oil is. 

The story ends with a faceoff between Ahab and Moby-Dick.  The white whale destroys the Pequod and drags Ahab, who has become tangled up in the harpoon line, to his death.  The only survivor of the encounter is the narrator, Ishmael, who lives to tell the tale.

Now to the present day.  Like Ahab, Trump severely traumatized the Democrats by defeating their anointed one, Hillary Clinton, in 2016.  From that point, the party lost its mind.  It could see the world only through the lens of hatred and became bound and possessed with destroying Trump to the exclusion of everything else.  In the novel, Ahab passes down his obsession to most of the crew.  The Democrat leadership has done the same to its rank-and-file members.

And like Ahab being appalled by Moby-Dick's whiteness, so the Democrats are with Trump's.  How often has it been said without a shred of evidence that Trump is a racist, a white supremacist?  They even try to mock Trump's fair complexion.  "Orange Man bad" is one of their mantras. 

Today's politics is on schedule to have an ending similar to that of the novel.  Ahab's hatred and obsession destroy himself and his ship.  That looks like what will befall the Democrats (Ahab) and the party itself (the Pequod).  As for Donald Trump, he will have scars from the harpoons thrown by the haters, but he'll live to swim the ocean free, just like Moby-Dick.

In a telling way, the current political scene is a replay of Herman Melville's 1851 novel, Moby-Dick, with Donald Trump being the great white whale and the Democrats playing the role of the vengeful Captain Ahab. 

In the story, whaling captain Ahab is obsessed with killing Moby-Dick.  This is traced back to an event a year earlier on a whaling expedition in the Pacific.  Then, Moby-Dick took one of Ahab's legs, "as a mower a blade of grass in the field."  From then on, Ahab wore a peg leg carved from the jawbone of a sperm whale. 

The experience traumatized Ahab.  Even Moby-Dick's color grated on Ahab's mind.  To him, the color white symbolized nobility and goodness, while the whale itself was the embodiment of evil.  Hate took over Ahab, blotting out reason and common sense.  When he sets out on his final voyage from Nantucket on the Pequod, making a profitable haul for the ship's owners is not his priority.  Killing Moby-Dick and boiling his blubber into oil is. 

The story ends with a faceoff between Ahab and Moby-Dick.  The white whale destroys the Pequod and drags Ahab, who has become tangled up in the harpoon line, to his death.  The only survivor of the encounter is the narrator, Ishmael, who lives to tell the tale.

Now to the present day.  Like Ahab, Trump severely traumatized the Democrats by defeating their anointed one, Hillary Clinton, in 2016.  From that point, the party lost its mind.  It could see the world only through the lens of hatred and became bound and possessed with destroying Trump to the exclusion of everything else.  In the novel, Ahab passes down his obsession to most of the crew.  The Democrat leadership has done the same to its rank-and-file members.

And like Ahab being appalled by Moby-Dick's whiteness, so the Democrats are with Trump's.  How often has it been said without a shred of evidence that Trump is a racist, a white supremacist?  They even try to mock Trump's fair complexion.  "Orange Man bad" is one of their mantras. 

Today's politics is on schedule to have an ending similar to that of the novel.  Ahab's hatred and obsession destroy himself and his ship.  That looks like what will befall the Democrats (Ahab) and the party itself (the Pequod).  As for Donald Trump, he will have scars from the harpoons thrown by the haters, but he'll live to swim the ocean free, just like Moby-Dick.