Saturday, December 20, 2008

In The Name Of God, Go!

Mark Steyn has a particularly tasty article in the Orange County Register. He has this to say about Princess Kennedy

Gov. Paterson is said to be considering appointing Princess Caroline of Kennedy to Hillary Clinton's vacant Senate seat. After two and a third centuries of republican experiment, America has finally worked its way back to the House of Lords.

"Friends Say Kennedy Has Long Wanted Public Role," Anne Kornblut assured readers in an in-depth Washington Post tongue-bath. She hasn't "long wanted" it to the extent of, you know, running for dog catcher in Lackawanna and getting – what's the word? – "elected," but, if you have a spare Senate seat, she's graciously indicated that she'd be prepared to consider accepting it. As lady-in-waiting Anne Kornblut pointed out, Caroline is highly qualified, being "the author of several books." It's true! She's an experienced poetry editor. She edited "The Best-Loved Poems Of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis." Jackie Kennedy wrote poems? Of course! She wrote so many poems that some are better loved than others.

I guess we should feel honored that Princess Kennedy has deigned to descend from the heights of society and sacrifice herself on the altar of the US Senate.

There's a regular smorgasbord of Steyn appetizers over to the Register.

But one of the commenters, oatka02, presented a quote that fascinated me. He attributes it to Oliver Cromwell. This is perhaps the closest anyone has ever come to expressing what I feel about our own Government.

Dissolution of the Long Parliament by Oliver Cromwell given to the House of Commons, 20 April 1653

It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!

It was called the Long Parliment because it was around for a loooong time. In 1640 this parliment decided to pass legislation that stated that it could not be dissolved except by the agreement of its members. Can you imagine if the present bailout obsessed 110th Congress decided that it would not make way for the 111th Congress but would stick around for over a decade?

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