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Recently, a sitting member of Congress informed us that she was pretty upset about the people who are “making fun” of Congress members. She went on to say that she was demanding that those who dared mock her and other Congressweasels were to be hunted down by large dogs and bitten unless they stop it right this minute!

I’m kidding, of course. She didn’t really say anything about using the large dogs.

But she was quite serious and pompous about the fact that she has had it with people making fun of Congressweasles.

Ahem… Members of Congress.

It’s always a remarkable thing when our elected “representatives” seem to know less about the Constitution they take an oath to uphold and defend than say, a drunken gibbon. The gibbon, by the by, is not a member of the great apes, and – as far as I know – does not actually imbibe. Certainly not nearly as a much as most Congresspeople do*. 

What is even more remarkable is an astonishing archeological find this past week in North Carolina that reminds us – as if we needed it again – that criticizing and mocking our “leaders” is pretty much an American pastime, dating back to before there was the United States of America, complete with a Congress full of clowns and buffoons to be mocked in the first place…


*Sorry, that was a bit of sarcastic twitting on my part**.


**To “twit” is to be intentionally insulting. I learned this fact when reading about John Wilkes and his North Briton #45 Newsletter which was full of intentionally insulting barbs aimed at King George III, which is more or less the point of this entire episode: “Why Frederica Wilson shut just STFU.”


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This Changes Everything! Or Not…




Once again, the grand pronouncements have proven to be as empty as a weather report promising rain which could have washed away my arch-nemesis, the Atomic Pollen. I’ve said this so many times that it’s going stale. I said it during the 2016 Campaign when people posted “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING” articles and memes from borderline obscure websites that Hillary Clinton was Satan or Muslim or had an illegal server in her downstairs bathroom closet. I said it when Devin Nunes’ Cow announced that his self-written FBI memo was “GOING TO CHANGE EVERYTHING!

After a seeming eternity of arguments, debates, promises, and threats, the Mueller Report changes nothing. Because – and I say this with love – unless you had a video of Putin handing Trump a big-ole-bag-o-cash and then punting a puppy of the Brooklyn Bridge, you had nothing. You didn’t. And you don’t.

For those of you who are celebrating, if you think that this is all over, you’re not paying attention. At. All.

Meanwhile, we’re back to the big issues that actually matter. Congress wants a pay rise. But they are deeply concerned that if they go and vote themselves a whacking pay rise you will be upset and maybe not love them as you do now.

I’m serious. They are, like, working really… like, really hard and stuff. They don’t even have time to buy a chair! Oh.. there are also questions about that pesky Constitution thingee… you know… how the 27th Amendment it says no pay rises until there’s been an election? Isn’t that an issue here?

Like anything else, that changes nothing…


The King of Hearts



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The new year gets started for real.

Out of the blue, Ben asked me a question: “Dad, why does the King of Hearts have a knife behind his head?” I didn’t know, but I live in the 21st Century when there are virtually no mysteries left. The story of why the King of Hearts has a knife behind his head is a wonderful example of how we forget things…

As the new Congress takes its seats, the arguments and debates begin again. It’s clear to me that there are very few Congress members, Left or Right, who actually understand or care about the whys and how’s the Constitution was created the way it was. I am starting to wonder if the entropic effects of our society have worn down the past to the point where we no longer know truths which were, once upon a time, self-evident?

For example, a Congressman from Tennessee – a State well versed in the ideas of liberty and history – has introduced the annual “Let’s get rid of the Electoral College” amendment. His spokesman said that the Electoral College was supposed to “prevent someone like Donald Trump” from being elected. Why does it never occur to these people that the Electoral College did exactly what it was intended to do – prevent the likes of Hillary Clinton from becoming President?


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