The Illustrated verse of Dr. Hugo Lightly Featuring an Exclusive Interview
I heard it said on Neverland a trusted right wing blog, When Speaker failed to win the vote to free rich men from the scourge of eminently affordable taxes, while millions of meager means decorate the streets with damaged bodies and tortured minds just beyond the shuttered doors of hospitals and doctors’ suites He curled up snug with his well-worn copy of Atlas Shrugged and cried himself to sleep and dreamt dark dreams of generous men in lovely Lamborghinis handing bread to hungry boys and girls
Sweet Jesus, high above your bloody cross You must be reeling crying out, beseeching, “Lord and Father is this the best that you can do? You’ve had sixteen hundred Sundays when Paul sat captive in a front row pew to teach him how to love."
Boomspring reporter: What inspired you to write Speaker’s Lament? Dr. Lightly: Too much cable news, really.
Let’s cut to the chase. Why did the Speaker’s plan fail? Speaker cooks a bowl of porridge for the congressmen. Some are frightened that it’s too hot and won’t eat. Some are frightened that it’s too cold and won’t eat. They fight, break all the chairs, and go to bed.
Aren’t you taking dangerous liberties with a beloved fairy tale? So sue me. While you can. Before Tom Price outlaws malpractice. Besides, aren’t we all Libertarians now?
Be serious. Look, you’re asking a psychoanalyst. What do you think people like to dream about, the American Health Care Act, or good food?
Do you really think the Speaker is hard-hearted? Can I break the Goldwater rule? 1
The Goldwater rule? Never mind. Did you know the Speaker came under the influence of his Libertarian college professor shortly after his father died?
So? It’s an appealing twofer. He gets a new father, plus a credo that says, “Don’t cry for the needy. People can get along just fine without fathers, or anything else they’re missing.”
Why is Jesus concerned about the Speaker? Jesus is all about love. He loves the Speaker and he loves the needy. It looks like the Speaker has misplaced the Good News about love. If he can inspire the Speaker, it’s an even better twofer. The Speaker lives a life of joyous generosity and poor children get health care.
Why does Jesus beseech God to help the Speaker? God, He’s a little ADD. Every once a while He needs a nudge to get back on task.
God needs help from humans? Isn’t it the other way around? What goes around comes around. Lately it’s Pope Francis. Check out his latest New Year homily, in which he laments societies becoming cold and calculating and bereft of compassion. 2
God recommends psychoanalysis. Are you kidding? Psychoanalysis is all about love, too. About freeing up those whose childhood trauma has left them afraid to invest their interests and their relationships with loving, creative energy.
What’s with all the confusing speech bubbles where the Speaker is on the couch? His analyst says,” If you want to feel better, you have to soften up and bear your sadness. It’s difficult and scary, but I know you can do it.” Speaker says, “You’re really with me? I don’t have to be alone with all my frightening stuff? Alright, let’s talk it out together.”
You expected your audience to get all that out of your cartoon? If my poetry and pictures told the whole story, we never would have had this conversation. Thank you for adding something to my life.
Thank you, Dr. Lightly.
1 The view that it is unethical for mental health providers to give an opinion about public figures, first discussed during the Goldwater-Johnson election campaign, and currently being hotly debated because of concern about President Trump’s functioning.