Monday, September 28, 2009

HELP! HELP! I'm being repressed!

For those getting the feed on Facebook, you will need to click on the link below to see the video - its worth it.

Since it is forbidden to criticize our dear leader without being called a racist, we must resort to other means to express our disappointment with the direction of our country. One of these is ridicule. So I give you Dennis and his explanation of government oppression from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

ARTHUR: Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!
WOMAN: Order, eh -- who does he think he is?
ARTHUR: I am your king!
WOMAN: Well, I didn't vote for you.
ARTHUR: You don't vote for kings.
WOMAN: Well, 'ow did you become king then?
ARTHUR: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king!
DENNIS: Listen -- strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Priceless! Watch the entire scene below:

Speaking of films, I just watched Der Untergang (2004) this weekend. Its a German film about the last days of Hitler. One of the better films I have seen on the topic for those that do not mind subtitles.

As the end approaches, even the most loyal supporters start to see the madness of Hitler and National Socialism. And while a few "patriots" follow Hitler to the grave - some quite literally, most Germans realize Hitler was a power hungry psychotic. Unfortunately, for the 50 million who lost their lives, that was discovered far too late.

The lesson we learn is to not follow a cult of personality. They will simply use you and quickly discard you when they are done. Develop principles and values and stick to them. Support candidates that support those values. Avoid supporting people because of their charisma or charm. Charm is just a con game. BTW - one of the meanings of charm is bewitch. Something to think about each election season.

Good film if you get a chance to see it, and its available online.

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