Dandy politics: how does a dandy vote?
Politics is like a religion to many. The desire to see justice, economic opportunity and moral reform has long driven the masses of people in any nation to exert extraordinary effort, and even practice violence to ensure that their ideas for a better society might succeed.
What does a dandy make of all of this?
The dandy is a man of independence [in spirit if not also in means] and is obviously he is not going to join the fray of activists advocating a particular political position, after all he has more important things to do [appointment with his tailor, barber, and a fancy dress ball to get ready for this evening], but what does he make of all this hubbub?
When it comes to politics and voting a dandy's rule is really very simple...which candidate has Ton? Ton is the old English term [taken from the French during the Regency period] for style, swagger, and that je ne sais quoi that makes a man fashionable. A dandy will vote for the fashionable man, after all what makes a leader more than style? Disraeli understood this, so did Teddy Roosevelt, so did Ronald Regan, and so did Bill Clinton. If a man has no style, he has no self confidence, no self esteem, no sense of good society, and above all, if he has no Ton- is not fashionable, he cannot be a leader of men. Now is is possible for a man to be intelligent and not be fashionable, to be clever and not be fashionable, to excel at a given subject and not be fashionable; but he cannot be a great leader- with no Ton, no one will follow him. Byron once wrote that the two greatest men of his generation were Napoleon Bonaparte, and George Brummel. It should come as no surprise that both men were supremely possessed of Ton, for one man would go on to be the standard for the new France, republican and modern, and the other would inspire dandyism and be the father of men's fashion for over 200 years. Benjamin Disraeli understood this, and when he entered the political realm he put away his trappings of butterfly dandy, and dressed in a more respectable manner befitting the Ton of the political world.
Now it is certain the every dandy has beliefs, why no man could be a dandy with out them...I certainly have mine [I firmly believe I need a pair of gray shoes to go with my- er, I digress] however when it comes to politics, a dandy votes for the most important aspect, which candidate can dress better, which candidate is wittier, which candidate has Ton!