Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. Look at the Goss

Last night I watched Tim Russert's interview Pulitzer prize winning author/historian David McCullough for an hour. I think McCullough has the best voice of any person -- alive or dead. It's soothing and mellifluous. His new book, 1776, sounds like an amazing read and if I didn't have a back log of Growing up Gotti to plow through I'd get right to it.

Near the end of the interview Timmy said that more people can name the Three Stooges than the three branches of government. "What can we do about that?" he lamented pointing out the American public don't seem to have even a basic understanding of our country's history. Let me tell you something Timmy, at least the Three Stooges were professionals. The three branches of government have shown themselves to be amatuers. And if it weren't so serious it would be funny. But the only difference between slapslick and tragedy is sound effects and the White House, Congress and courts don't have any. No sense of history? Sounds like W who ignored the lessons of Vietnam (insurgencies) and Gulf War Part I (Powell doctrine of overwhelming force and clear objectives). Sounds like Congress and the rampant abuse of power and corruption that seems to repeat itself. Sounds like the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. Until the three branches of government themselves have a good working knowledge of history don't expect anyone else to have it.

And by the way, I think it might be refreshing to have Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp and even Curly Joe in charge of some things in Washington. Couldn't be worse than what we have now.

1 Comments:

Blogger Ellen Beth said...

The stooges were always hitting each other. Did any of them ever apologize?

11:41 AM  

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