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.”
As Virginia and New York debate and ratify, North Carolina’s delegates gather in Hillsborough to decide the fate of the ratification in North Carolina. The Delegates were elected back in March at the direction of the State Legislature, and the Federalists are badly (2:1) outnumbered. They know that they will most likely lose. The Anti-Federalists aren’t against the Constitution per se. They are just dead set that they will not vote to ratify without a Bill of Rights.
Among them is one Timothy Bloodworth and he is an example of everything that is right with The United States and the Anti-Federalist idea.
In an unusual twist to the debates so far, the Federalists believe that the Constitution doesn’t go far enough in the powers it grants to the new central government. But they are resigned to defeat in the matter. Consequently, they do two things:
First, they hire a stenographer. If (when) they lose, they intend to make it stick to the Anti-Federalists. Secondly, they decide to take a long view of the matter. Like New York, they realize that the Constitution is a done deal.
Even though North Carolina will vote to neither ratify or reject, the stage will be set for the final battle.
In the process of show prep I came across this BRILLIANT song parody
that a teacher uses to teach his kids about the ratification debates: