The Democrats Are Gollum

The Democrats are Gollum and the press is their ring of invisibility. Or maybe I should call it the presshussss.

I don't know whether J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by the Ring of Gyges legend when he wrote Lord of the Rings, but a scholar of his quality would have known his Plato well. In Plato's Republic, Plato's brother Glaucon tells the story. A shepherd Gyges found a magic ring that made him invisible. Because he could no longer be seen, he discovered he could commit any crime without consequence and so ultimately murdered his way to becoming king of Lydia. Glaucon concludes:

No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a God among men.

Socrates doesn't fully agree with this and, in fact, in Tolkien, the invisibility ring seems to have some added power of seduction and evil that strips the wearer of his will to justice. But the point remains the same: man's nature is twisted; broken. Hidden from society, protected from punishment, we are all very likely to descend into evil.

Thus the Democrats, and the left in general.