Once upon a time there was a king of the Lobbyists. Now it came to pass that in the kingdom of the Lobbyists there was a great problem. Many died every day to a horrible plague that ravaged the land.
The people demanded a solution, and Oedipus swore that he would find the culprit responsible.
(The great tragedy on the flip.)
First Oedipus went to the great non-partisan sage of Ceedeeci. No-one doubted the wisdom of the Ceedeeci, for they were blind. He demanded that the Ceedececi reveal the cause of the plague. The Ceedeeci were afraid to speak, for the answer that they had was not one that Oedipus would accept.
Finally, after much cajoling, The Ceedeeci, in their great wisdom told Oedipus that the cause of the plague was the very positions that he advocated. Incensed by this perceived treachery, Oedipus demanded the tongue of the sage, that he could no longer speak such lies. His trusty servant Congrus did the deed, and thus was the Ceedeeci cursed with a ban upon their speech. Only those prophecies that supported the King would be uttered, or the sage would starve.
Returning home, Oedipus was stunned to find that his own wife, the Respongunowna knew the truth, and was actively fighting against Oedipus. In a rage he silenced Respongunowna, claiming that the words that she spoke were nothing but the lies of the demon Libmedia. No restrictions would be placed upon Oedipus, and he would hear no words to the effect.
To prevent him from seeing the truth that all now knew, Oedipus blinded himself, ignoring all studies from all save his trusted adviser Foxnewus. And he sits there to this day, a blind king who will not see the truth. He rails against those who have no advocate in the kingdom of Lobbyists, and his trusted advisers speak only the lies that profit the king.
The plague continues, and that is the real tragedy.