So this morning, I was sitting in my office, thinking of Ronald Reagan's Birthday, listening to music, and trying to concentrate on work, when my media player began playing "St. Crispin's Day/The Battle of Agincort" from the Kenneth Branaugh version of William Shakespeare's "Henry V."
For those not familiar with the piece, it is played by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and was composed by Patrick Doyle. In the movie, King Henry gives his famous "Band of Brother's/St. Crispin's Day Speech" while this music is playing. Each time I watch it I am moved.
This morning I began to think, "What if Shakespeare were still alive? What might he write about last night?" Maybe it would go something like this:
We should not give up or give in. The fight for Conservative Values is not over.
Main Stream Media-
O that their movement was made of
But one ten thousand of those moderates
Who voted for John McCain!
What's he that wishes so?
The Main Stream Media? No, fair Media;
If we are mark'd to loose , we are enough
To do our Party loss; and if to win,
The truer the Conservative, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one Moderate more.
Rather proclaim it, Media, through our nation,
That he which hath no stomach to Conservatism,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not stand in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to stand for truth with us.
This day is call'd the Birthday of Ronald Reagan.
He that outlives this day, and remains Conservative,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Reagan.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Reagan's Day.'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'I stood for Conservatism on Reagan's day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Romney and Thompson, Limbaugh and Hannity,
Levin and Malkin, Coulter and Novak-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Reagan's Day shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of Conservatives;
For he to-day that stands for Conservatism with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And Moderates across this nation now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not with us,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That stands with us, upon Ronald Reagan's day.