The Good King

#TywinLannister: What kind of king do you think you’ll be?

Tommen Baratheon: A good king?

Tywin: I think you will. You have the right #temperament. But what makes a good king? What is a good king’s single most important quality?

Tommen: #Holiness?

Tywin: Baelor the Blessed was holy. And pious. He built this sept. He also named a six-year-old boy High Septon because he thought the boy could work miracles. He ended up fasting himself into an early grave because “food was of this world, and this world was sinful.”

Tommen: #Justice?

Tywin: A good king must be just. Orys the First was just. Everyone applauded his reforms, nobles and commoners alike. He was murdered in his sleep after less than a year, by his own brother. Was that truly just of him, to abandon his subjects to an evil he was too gullible to recognize?

Tommen: No. … What about #strength?

Tywin: Yes. Strength. King Robert was strong. He won the rebellion and crushed the Targaryen Dynasty and he attended three small council meetings in seventeen years. He spent his time whoring and hunting and drinking until the last two killed him. So, we have a man who starves himself to death; a man who lets his own brother murder him; and a man who thinks that winning and ruling are the same thing. What do they all lack?

Tommen: #Wisdom!

Tywin: Yes!

Tommen: Wisdom is what makes a good king.

Tywin: But what is wisdom? Hmm? A house with great wealth and fertile lands asks you for your protection against another house with a strong navy that could one day oppose you. How do you know which choice is wise and which isn’t? You’ve any experience of treasuries and granaries or shipyards and soldiers?

Tommen: No.

Tywin: No. Of course not. A wise king knows what he knows and what he doesn’t. You’re young. A wise young king listens to his counselors and heeds their advice until he comes of age. And the wisest kings continue to listen to them long afterwards.

#GameOfThrones #DonaldTrump
Donald Trump: I consult myself on foreign policy, ‘because I have a very good brain’
“What I think is scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff and doesn’t seem to have an interest in learning what they don’t know.” – Barack Obama

Trump aspires to be #Tywin, projecting strength and a pragmatic “common sense” worldview, but he’s actually much closer to #Joffrey, a cruel, narcissistic, ignorant boy, who has never mentally “come of age”:


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