Draws lines from tale to president’s latest story

To the editor:

This short tale by Hans Christian Andersen describes two weavers (scammers) who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions or unusually stupid.

The clothes made for the Emperor where not real at all. But the Emperor was very much full of himself, and afraid to admit the clothes did not exist, so to avoid admitting that he was unfit to be the Emperor has a trusted minister give his opinion instead.

The minister, afraid to tell the Emperor the truth, thought, “I know I’m not stupid, so it must be that I’m unworthy of my good office. That’s strange. I mustn’t let anyone find it out, though.”

So he praised the material he did not see. He declared he was delighted with the beautiful colors and the exquisite pattern. “Oh, it’s beautiful, it’s enchanting. Such a pattern, what colors! I’ll be sure to tell the Emperor how delighted I am with it,” said the minister.

Wanting to be reassured, the Emperor sent another minister to inspect the clothes. He gave the same glowing report the previous minister did.

Finally the Emperor went to see the clothes for himself. Attended by the two ministers and a band of chosen men he visited the weavers at their work. Despite seeing nothing, all in attendance exclaimed how pretty the clothes where. The Emperor had no choice but to agree or be thought a fool and unfit.

The Emperor paraded down the streets of his kingdom wearing his non-existent clothes. Everyone in the streets and the windows said, “Oh, how fine are the Emperor’s new clothes! Don’t they fit him to perfection? And see his long train!”

Nobody dared say they couldn’t see anything, lest they be declared unfit for his position, or a fool.

A little child cried out, “He hasn’t got anything on.” As the statement by the child became heard by more and more bystanders, the whole crowd cried out, “But he hasn’t got anything on!”

The Emperor hearing the outcry, was thoroughly embarrassed but insisted that the procession must go on.

I can not help but see the similarity of this tale to the President, his administration, the media and those who are in continued denial of the reality staring them in the face.

The blatant self-importance, arrogance, hypocrisy, collective denial, and brazen disregard for the truth is appalling.

What do you feel when your President, his minions and the press misrepresent the facts to you on a daily basis? How do you feel when a President tells you that your health premiums will go down, yet they increase by 50 to 100 percent? What do you feel when a U.S. border agent is killed with a gun sold to drug cartels in Mexico by your own government? How do you feel when Americans on a diplomatic mission in Libya are left to die with no aid forthcoming?

I could go on and on.

Clyde Bailey