Kabuki Theater: The Biden Administration at a Glance

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Scarlet Lindsey | Civil Patriot

Do you ever get the feeling that things aren’t what they seem? That everything is staged? That the men and women who are supposed to be running this country are actually just actors in a big theatrical production? 

Yeah, me too. 

While researching the new administration, I kept stumbling across the words “Kabuki Theater.” Apparently, many of my fellow citizens believe themselves to be audience members in a grand farce of a production and they don’t think they’re well-represented by those on the stage. 

I decided it was time to do a little research and find out more about the Kabuki style so I could figure out their analogy.  

According to dictionary.com: 

Kabuki is a form of classical theater in Japan known for its elaborate costumes and dynamic acting. The phrases Kabuki theaterkabuki dance, or kabuki play are sometimes used in political discourse to describe an event characterized more by showmanship than by content.

Well, when you put it like that. . .These past few months have been very elaborate. 

  • Killing jobs. 
  • Shutting down the economy. 
  • Changing the way elections are handled.
  • Mandating the actions of private citizens. 
  • Opening the borders to thousands of illegal immigrants. 
  • Threatening to disarm the people. 
  • Censoring any opinions that fly in the face of the current narrative. 

It’s all very theatrical. And hey, the “men dressing up as women” part fits. This is 21st century America, after all, where girls are boys and boys are girls, and children don’t have to be labeled as anything at all until they tell you what they want to be. 

Back to the show. Personally? I think the costumes could use a bit of work. I’m not convinced many of these folks actually look the part. Does Joe really look presidential? (Um, no,) Does Kamala garner respect in her new role? (Not from many of the women I know.) Does Psaki look polished and ready to take “hard questions” from the press corps like Trump’s press secretaries were forced to do? Absolutely not. 

And, the acting? 

Folks, I’ve been in theater for years. I know bad acting when I see it. That press conference last week? B-a-a-a-d acting. 

I don’t know anyone (truly, not one person) who actually believes Biden is calling the shots or that he’s serving in a legitimate fashion. Everyone I know (regardless of political persuasion) believes our current president has managers.  

Most actors do. 

They have agents and producers and costumers and script-writers. They’ve got a great set, terrific co-actors, and a carefully thought-out ending to their performance. 

Back to Kabuki. 

The phrases Kabuki theaterkabuki dance, or kabuki play are sometimes used in political discourse to describe an event characterized more by showmanship than by content. (dictionary.com)

More showmanship than content? Yep! 

Let’s start with the border crisis. I see folks flooding the borders by the thousands, many with COVID-positive test results. What I don’t see is a great script for how this grandiose story is going to end or how we’re going to be able to afford the price of the tickets over time. 

I see plenty of drama—but it’s not coming from our president. He seems to be off in the wings. . .a lot. No, this drama is coming from children who are pressed into detainment centers, sleeping side-by-side on hard floors. 

Could we rewrite this script, please? 

And while we’re rewriting their script, could we add a scene where someone admits there was election fraud and the people on the stage aren’t even the rightful performers? 

No? 

Well, could we at least tweak the ending of the COVID-19 scene so that the country could go back to work? 

No to that one, too? 

Looks like the audience doesn’t get to participate in this theatrical. And if Joe’s off in the wings, who’s directing this catastrophe? Will we ever know for sure? 

Slanted and Swayed: The Kabuki Style

The Japan Times reports that kabuki comes from the verb kabuku, meaning “to slant or to sway” and is used to describe “people who were out of the ordinary and preferred to dress in extravagant attire.” As an art form, Kabuki is characterized by colorful costumes, music, stylized performances, and broad dramatic postures and gestures called kata. (dictionary.com)

One thing’s for sure, it’s all very. . .theatrical. Over-the-top. Colorful. Crazy. Bizarre. 

Like, Kamala laughing at inappropriate times. 

And Joe. . .forgetting his lines. A lot. 

And Big Tech, rewriting the script as they go along. 

And the media, writing nothing but stellar reviews of the show. 

If it’s meant to sway us, it’s not working. Just saying. 

I do have one question, and I ask for all of America: Can I get my money back? Is the ticket office still open, or am I really stuck in this proverbial theater watching these theatrics for the next 3.5 years? 

(Would anyone mind if I pulled the fire alarm lever? I’d really like to take the emergency exit!) 

 

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