Thank God the Congress is a Deliberative Body

January 14, 2007

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“But unlike the real Klingons of Star Trek….”

Representative David Wu of Oregon has raised the level of debate in Congress.

Hat Tip: Reason‘s Hit & Run.

{ 7 comments }

Andy H. January 14, 2007 at 11:20 am

“And like the real idiots of Congress…” What a goof!

Anonymous January 14, 2007 at 11:50 am

Honestly though, this is a congressional speech that would actually grab the attention of an American audience that could give a rats ass about what happens in our gov’t. Or understands half of what is being discussed. People with a IQ of 130 and above aren’t the only ones who vote.

Damon Chetson January 14, 2007 at 2:20 pm

Actually, to the extent that he was making arguments that haven’t been made often in the past 6 years, he was raising the level of debate.

Tom G. Palmer January 14, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Good points, all. I just find it a bit … well, odd that in a speech before Congress such childish points would be made.

I also don’t think that he really made anything clearer with references to “Vulcans” and “Klingons.” Had they actually clarified anything, the references would have been welcome.

Charles N. Steele January 15, 2007 at 11:53 am

Damon is right; this is a great improvement over “support our troops, stay the course, everyone not with us is against us and pro-terrorist.”

And Tom, I think the Star Trek metaphors *are* fairly clear. And there are likely more people who are regular consumers of Star Trek than, say, Foreign Affairs (even just among those with IQs over 130 — take that, anon.)

But best of all in this clip is the new term “faux Klingon.” This gem is a fine replacement for the tired old “chickenhawk.” May this become the standard term for the Bush admin. foreign policy crew.

Tom G. Palmer January 15, 2007 at 12:28 pm

Well, points well taken. I was just struck by the term “the *real* Klingons of Star Trek.” But it’s true that it’s more intelligent than calling critics of the president “traitors,” which is how low the pro-war right has fallen.

As to “faux Klingons,” they sound to me like the kind of problem that sweater wearers might face.

Aaron G. January 19, 2007 at 3:11 am

Why must fellow Star Trek fans shame me at every turn? Can I have no dignity?

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