Thursday, January 06, 2011

Conservatives, the Constitution and Captain Kirk.

I have been extremely amused at liberal outrage at the Republicans reading the binding passages of the Constitution on the House floor. It reminded me of the Omega Glory and I sent the following to well-known conservative commentators and well, geeks:

I could not help seeing in all the hullaballoo on the Left at reading the Constitution on the House floor, " The Omega Glory" (link above). The Democrats are like the Yang leaders hwo thought the E Plegnista to holy to allow every one to hear. Boehner is like Kirk "These Words are for everyone!"

Of course, with the huge numbers of Republican freshman Nancy and the rest must feel like Captain Tracy "We emptied four phasers and still they came..."

James Lileks once called this the most conservative Star Trek every and the words still burn the tongues of liars!


Dave S. said...

Otto: Apes don't read philosophy.
Wanda: Yes, they do, Otto, they just don't understand it.

No idea why that sprang to mind just now.

J. said...

I do. :-)

P.S. I am now pretty sure that Sarah Palin is responsible for coming up with verification words.

JCC said...

Interesting JJV - I didn't notice any "liberal outrage" at the reading of the Constitution from the floor. Members of the Democratic Party participated in the reading.

Personally I salute the reading of the Constitution whenever and wherever necessary. I can only hope that the Republicans actually read and understand the document. To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, I don't think it means what they think it does. The Constitution creates a strong, flexible central government by design; too many Republicans seem to pine for the Articles of Confederation.

However, since the first thing the Republicans did upon taking power was to flagrantly violate their own campaign promises. More open procedures (well, except where we don't want them)! Fiscal restraint (defined as, spending for things we don't like need to be paid for, but spending for things we DO like doesn't! Wheee!)!

John C. said...

Sigh. Please insert a comment at the end of the previous comment expressing a lack of optimism to anything but Orwellian mendacity from the incoming kingpins, based on the speed of their repudation of principle upon arrival. Kthxbye.

Nick C. said...

Ditto, JCC.

JJV's analysis of Democrats as Yangs is only off by about 180 degrees. ;-)

The reading of the Constitution by the House is unfortunately in this case a symbolic gesture used by the incoming Republicans to lay claim to our political founding and to dogmatize their own interpretation of said document. That clearly makes the GOP the Yangs in this case. And most fortunate, too, since no GOPer would ever voluntarily be characterized as a Comm... "Better dead than Red" and all that nonsense.

Now, since Kirk is the most laughable character in the Star Trek universe, I would love for him to be likened to Boehner in every case. Alas, it is not to be.

jjv said...


Kirk is the greatest Star Trek captain and greatest creation, barring Spock, of the entire series. On this there can be no debate.

Kirk hatred is a mental disease.

J. said...

@JJV: three words for you: Jean-Luc Picard. Or do you not count captains born outside the United States? ;-)

Nick C. said...

@JJV: I didn't say I hated Kirk, just that he is laughable. Every good series needs some comedy relief. Lo and behold, we have Kirk! He... makes... melaugh. Ev-ry... time... I... seehim.

And you said it yourself, Spock is the best creation of the series. Can't argue with you there! :-D

Dave S. said...

@J: I think you know the answer to that question.

We have to keep in mind that Kirk and Picard were exemplary captains for their separate eras, but would have been shunted to desk jobs (or most likely court-martialed successfully, in Kirk's case) were they to switch eras.

Spock is the only logical choice for best character. (raises eyebrow)

MLR said...

I thought the reading of the Constitution was a fine idea. But whatever the Republicans wanted out of it I think they did not get, since few members of Congress actually stayed and listened to the whole thing. A dog and pony show that nobody showed up for.