Curiouser and curiouser: What Alice and Wonderland can teach us about how Congress operates
Posted by danishova on March 19, 2009
The White Rabbit’s words, “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date” ring oh so true as we rush, rush, rush into more and more emergency, crisis, absolutely gotta have it now, legislation - because it’s such a great time to change the subject from their corruption and incompetence:
Walrus: The time has come, my little friends, to talk of other things / Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings / And why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wigs / Calloo, Callay, come run away / With the cabbages and kings.
Alice: It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change.
March Hare: I have an excellent idea, LETS CHANGE THE SUBJECT.
Lewis Carroll also teaches us something about arbitrary rules, like the ones that Congress imposes on its citizens:
King of Hearts: Rule 42: All persons more than a mile high must leave the court immediately.
Alice: I am not a mile high, and I’m not leaving.
Queen of Hearts: Sorry. Rule 42, you know.