The chief executive officer of the United States Federal Government has climbed atop the turnbuckle, threatening to “borrow power.” Half the crowd is in a frenzy at the sheer ridiculousness of the proposition, the other half is in a frenzy at the sheer possibilities of naked power.
It tickles, though, that in other contexts, we borrow. Can power be borrowed? Is there a collateral possible for borrowing power, like reputation or other powers? Or is repaying power with interest essentially always going to boil down to a folding chair planted across the face?
With some velocity, I should hope, for the sake of continuing kayfabe, and the whooping and the hollering.