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  •  "Let's stop Governing" (14+ / 0-)

    "it will give us more time for campaigning"

    we are stuck in a Lewis Carroll story.  

    •  . . . and "investigating". (8+ / 0-)

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 11:19:39 AM PST

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    •  Would anyone really notice if they stopped (0+ / 0-)


    •  You think you are joking (1+ / 0-)
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      but Lewis Carroll put this Party of No nonsense into Sylvie and Bruno, quoting from a Member of Parliament from a Party of No of Carroll's century. From Chapter 13, What Tottles Meant, Mein Herr explains the unfortunate influence of British politics on his country.

      It was a political necessity (so he assured us, and we believed him, though we had never discovered it till that moment) that there should be two Parties, in every affair and on every subject. In Politics, the two Parties, which you had found it necessary to institute, were called, he told us, ‘Whigs’ and ‘Tories’.”

      “That must have been some time ago?” I remarked.

      “It was some time ago,” he admitted. “And this was the way the affairs of the British Nation were managed. (You will correct me if I misrepresent it. I do but repeat what our traveler told us.) These two Parties—which were in chronic hostility to each other—took turns in conducting the Government; and the Party, that happened not to be in power, was called the ‘Opposition’, I believe?”

      “That is the right name,” I said. “There have always, so long as we have had a Parliament at all, two Parties, one ‘in’, and one ‘out’.”

      “Well, the function of the ‘Ins’ (if I may so call them) was to do the best they could for the national welfare—in such things as making war or peace, commercial, treaties, and so forth?”

      “Undoubtedly,” I said.

      “And the function of the ‘Outs’ was (so our traveler assured us, though we were very incredulous at first) to prevent the ‘Ins’ from succeeding in any of these things?”

      “To criticize and to amend their proceedings,” I corrected him. “It would be unpatriotic to hinder the Government in doing what was for the good of the Nation! We have always held a Patriot to be the greatest of heroes, and an unpatriotic spirit to be one of the worst of human ills!”

       “It is exactly what my friend told me,” he resumed, after conning over various papers. “ ‘Unpatriotic’ is the very word I had used, in writing to him, and ‘hinder’ is the very word he used in his reply! Allow me to read you a portion of his letter:

      “ ‘I can assure you,’ he writes, ‘that unpatriotic as you may think it, the recognized function of the Opposition’ is to hinder in every manner not forbidden by the Law, the action of the Government. This process is called ‘Legitimate Obstruction’: and the greatest triumph the ‘Opposition’ can ever enjoy, is when they are able to point out that, owing to their ‘Obstruction’ the Government have failed in everything they have tried to do for the good of the Nation!’ ”

      “Your friend has not put it quite correctly,” I said. “The Opposition would no doubt be glad to point out that the government had failed through their own fault; but not that they had failed on account of Obstruction!”

      “You think so?” he gently replied. “Allow me now to read to you this newspaper-cutting, which my friend enclosed in his letter. It is part of the report of a public speech, made by a Statesman who was at the time a member of the ‘Opposition’:

      “‘At the close of the Session, he thought they had no reason to be discontented with the fortunes of the campaign. They had routed the enemy at every point. But the pursuit must be continued. They had only to follow up a disordered and dispirited foe.’ ”

      “Now to what portion of your national history would you guess that the speaker was referring?”

      “Really, the number of successful wars we have waged during the last century”, I replied, with a glow of British pride, “is far too great for me to guess, with any chance of success, which it was we were then engaged in. However, I will name ‘India’ as the most probable. The Mutiny was no doubt, all but crushed, at the time that speech was made. What a fine, manly, patriotic speech it must have been!” I exclaimed in an outburst of enthusiasm.

      “You think so?” he replied, in a tone of gentle pity. “Yet my friend tells me that the ‘disordered and dispirited foe’ simply meant the Statesmen who happened to be in power at the moment; that the ‘pursuit’ simply meant ‘Obstruction’; and that the words ‘they had routed the enemy’ simply meant that the ‘Opposition’ had succeeded in hindering the Government from doing any of the work which the Nation had empowered them to do!”

      I thought it best to say nothing.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 08:37:56 PM PST

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      •  I was thinking of the Bellman's speech (0+ / 0-)

        from" The Hunting of the Snark"

        "Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
        But we've got our brave Captain to thank:
        (So the crew would protest) "that he's bought us the best--
        A perfect and absolute blank!"

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