There has been much said about the political rise of President Donald Trump over the past few years, both good and bad to varying degrees of accuracy.
How and why would a multi-billionaire in charge of a vast business empire give up his relatively easy life of luxury to submit himself to the punishing slings and arrows of his enemies to not only govern the most powerful nation in the world but to try and right the course of a wayward ship of state?
The ultimate answer to that question may never be fully revealed, but a monologue by Hollywood actor Christopher Walken delivered in the 2002 film “Poolhall Junkies” appears to come awfully close.
Check out Walken’s brief description of the king of the jungle, a lion, and see how his description pairs with what we have seen from Trump. (Caution: Some explicit language.)
While standing in a public restroom, Walken asks another man if he’s ever watched nature documentaries and seen one about lions, about which he then proceeds to share with his friend.
He described how the undisputed king of the jungle was just lying underneath a tree in the hot expanses of the African Savannah, un-moving and seemingly without a care in the world.
Even as the little lion cubs and eventually the lioness move about or attempt to mess with him, he still does nothing and remains still underneath his tree.
“Now, the other animals, they notice this, and they start to move in,” Walken said. “The jackals, hyenas, barking at him, laughing at him.”
“They nip his toes and eat the food that’s in his domain. They do this, and they get closer and closer and bolder and bolder,” he continued.
“Until one day, that lion gets up and tears the s*** out of everybody, runs like the wind, eats everything in his path,” Walken said.
“Because every once in awhile, the lion has to show the jackals who he is,” he added, returning his attention to his pool-playing friend facing an important match.
“It’s too late to be scared. It’s time to kill,” Walken said. “I’m going in the other room, you come out when you are ready.”
Walken provided one final piece of advice: “Don’t beat him … kick his a**!”
In Walken’s metaphorical story, the lion could be Trump but could also represent the conservative base, which for decades sat quietly under a tree while so-called friends and family messed with them, only to see their enemies and rivals — Democrat jackals and media hyenas — emboldened to similarly encroach upon and steal away everything they’d worked hard to attain.
Eventually that lion got up and laid waste to those who opposed him, similar to how conservatives rose up in recent elections to place Republicans and Trump in charge of all branches of the government … and now they — led by Trump — are kicking the a** of the opposition on a daily basis for the past couple years, a trend that will hopefully continue for another six years.