Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Sanity Clause

CHICO: Hey, wait, wait. What does this say here, this thing here?

GROUCHO: Oh, that? Oh, that's the usual clause, that's in every contract. That just says, uh, it says, uh, if any of the parties participating in this contract are shown not to be in their right mind, the entire agreement is automatically nullified.

CHICO: Well, I don't know...

GROUCHO: It's all right. That's, that's in every contract. That's, that's what they call a sanity clause.

CHICO: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You can't fool me. There ain't no Sanity Claus!

- The Marx Bros., A Night at the Opera (1935)

In the gloomy aftermath of El Presidente's loathsome bitch-slapping of America yesterday, one might get the feeling that there really isn't any "sanity claus" in Washington, D.C. Like, if this kind of rampant, out-and-out Executive Administration crime could happen twice in my lifetime, before I'm even 50, is there's something now fundamentally insane about whatever the institution of the Presidency has morphed into?

Well, if you're desperate for a breathe of sanity from a national leader, albeit one not currently elected, fill those lungs here.

While you can.

If, as seems likely from the advance word on their joint announcement tomorrow, Sen. John Edwards either ends or curtails appearances in his Presidential nomination campaign due to a recurrence of his wife's cancer, I gotta think there will be increased pressure, and justification, for the big man to enter the race.

In case you're wondering, here's his top 4 signs that we need to act now, and his top 10 recommendations for U.S. government action.

For completists.

After all, we're all in this together.


Anonymous said...

Great post! I love it when Marx Bros. shtick can inform global politics!

Mark Netter said...

These days...what else would???