A Farcical Aquatic Ceremony

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Does anyone remember Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, and his bizarre insistence that 29% of the registered voters constituted a mandate from the masses? Somehow The Lady of the Lake sketch in Monty Python and the Holy Grail came to mind. The 2000 and 2004 elections weren’t much better.

I am holding on to hope for the 2008 elections.

ARTHUR:
I am your king!
WOMAN:
Well, I didn’t vote for you.
ARTHUR:
You don’t vote for kings.
WOMAN:
Well, how did you become King, then?
ARTHUR:
The Lady of the Lake,…
[angels sing]
…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.
[singing stops]
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.
ARTHUR:
Be quiet!
DENNIS:
Well, but you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
ARTHUR:
Shut up!
DENNIS:
I mean, if I went ’round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!

Comments are closed.

Bad Behavior has blocked 524 access attempts in the last 7 days.