The tears of a clown


Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 8.18.49 PMThe ‘Clown’ has been and will hopefully remain, an archetypal figure in society. But the recent actions of the Missouri State Fair against a rodeo Clown, Tuffy Gessling, mirror the inability of the Politically Correct (PC) to appreciate satire in its timeless delivery, by the one who has done so for centuries; The Clown.

What was the Clown’s horrible offense, that resulted in his being banned for life from plying his trade at the Missouri State Fair ? He wore a mask in the character of US President Obama. He stood there in an Obama mask while the crowd was asked ‘Does anyone want to see Obama run down by a bull?’… Apparently most folks agreed as the crowd met the question with loud cheers.

Three weeks have past and still, Tuffy Gessling, is receiving death threats. Death threats! Have people lost their collective minds? Rodeo Clowns have been mocking far better Presidents than Obama for decades: Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Bush, and Nixon, just to name a few. It’s their job!

In the Middle Ages, the Jester/Fool/Clown was employed in the court of the King and Queen in order to keep the rulers, and their guests in check of their pompous behavior. The Clown would imitate the inflated ruler by mocking their absurd conduct. Anyone else would invite punishment, even death in doing so. The Clown provided a valued source of balance in a time without mass communication. It was their sacred right to illuminate the leader’s failings. . Queen Elizabeth (reigned 1558–1603) is said to have rebuked one of her Fools for being insufficiently severe with her.

Here in North America, the Indigenous Peoples also had their Jesters known as Clowns Societies. The Lakota’s Heyókȟa, a sacred order of Clowns, would deflate any member of the tribe, including the Chief, if the Clown saw that their behavior lead to an elitist or grandiose view of themselves, thus fracturing the harmony of the tribe.The effects of an inflated ego within a family or community can be problematic, even disastrous, if the person under the influence is in a position of power, and potentially capable of altering the course of another’s life.

Swiss Psychologist Carl Jung noted in his Collected Works, "Epilogue," 12, par. 563

     “An inflated consciousness is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.”

Acting as societies’ psychological safety valve, the Clown, also performs other life threatening stunts. The protection of the fallen cowboy is the rodeoClown’s premier task. I would argue there is no greater American icon than the Cowboy, and when his or her life is in danger, it is the Clown who distracts the enraged bull.

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Anyone who has been to a modern rodeo and has seen the Clown’s acrobatic antics, such as diverting or leaping over the bull, cannot deny their courage, bravery, timing and an athletic agility that outperforms the majority of overpaid, steroid using entertainers passing themselves off as athletes.

The activity of Bull Leaping goes as far back as the Middle Bronze Age in Minoan Crete, and is still going strong in Europe. Dodging an angry 2,000 pound bull requires split second timing aided by a body intuition difficult to fathom. One can draw the conclusion that these men and women have to be very sensitive, as their timing is a matter of life and death.

Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 8.34.56 PMGiven these unquestionable athletic and mental capabilities, the Clown employs its millennial psychological service for the collective only to be judged, in this case, by a group of deluded ‘officials’. Their decision? Sensitivity training.

I agree with the decision, however it has been levied against the wrong party. President Obama needs sensitivity training. Obama jokes about predator drones guarding his daughters, meanwhile, during every drone attack carried out under his command, it is estimated that as high as 60 civilians (children included) are murdered for every one ‘terrorist’. Murdering innocent citizens of another country is the new recruiting objective for the Pentagon: more deaths, more terrorists, more terrorists, more funding.

It is this blatant hypocrisy that disturbs me. On one hand, you have the millennial social function of The Clown/Jester/Fool to risk life and limb in order to bring balance to the psychic structure of a nation’s leader and his administration by merely wearing a mask. On the other hand The Clown is ostracized by a coalition, namely the Politically Correct (PC), who are ignorant of history, psychology and the arc of nations.

This inability to comprehend the deeper aspects of ritual and tradition, in the service of maintaining societal balance, opens the collective to disastrous actions implemented by this uninitiated group of self-selected moderators. Their basis for judgment having no foundation in the scope of history, exists in a ‘here and now’ infantile sense of morality. The more this juvenile alliance dispenses its immature impositions on society in the name of fairness, the wider it opens the portal to a dark tyrannical order cloaked in ‘niceties’.

The judgment of sensitivity training, in the midst of national and world hypocrisy, levied against the very persons brave enough to illuminate the hypocrisy, is a frightening precursor historically mirrored by Hitler’s banishment of certain books and art he determined to be ‘degenerate’. The PC’s are spreading the darkness of ignorance through the narrow entrance of accepted behavior.

Again Jung:

“Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”  “The Philosophical Tree” (1945). In CW 13: Alchemical Studies. P.335

Tyranny needs a banner large enough to hide all the dark activities involved in the usurpation of power. Murder, bribery, false flag activities, corrupt officials, manipulation of markets, merger of state and corporate powers, rigged elections, psychological operations, but the fulcrum point in the creation of a ‘movement’ – a delusion of the collective. For the German people in the late 1920’s and early 30’s, it was the dream of the ‘Fatherland’. It is my concern that for us in the west, one of the dark arms of tyranny is the Politically Correct movement.

Which is why I breathed a sigh of relief when the simple, and direct wisdom of the people came through in the support of the Clown. When the rodeo announcer asked who wanted to see the man on the mask get run down by a bull, "everybody screamed" and "just went wild". That reaction from the crowd tells me one thing, Obama is doing a shitty job. Period.

Doug Hamel

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