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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

News of the Obvious Cont'd

Screw The Government's federal dietary guidelines! We here at The Idiom express a healthy skepticism of government. And with good reason.

Last week I was in the office of a certain government office. In this office (which is more closely guarded than your average Bank of America branch) was a wall sized display that featured a timeline of "Great Events in Election History."tm

On the timeline were various landmarks such as the passage of the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, etc.

And way over on the left, at the beginning of the timeline, was the writing of the United States Constitution,

dated 1774.

Normally, I don't get pedantic about such things. Let's face it, most people don't think much about the Constitution in their daily lives. Though it would be nice, I wouldn't expect any random person to know that the Constitution was drafted in 1787 (and ratified in 1789.) But how many people in this Division did this display have to go through before it was printed? Didn't
anybody know that the Constitution was drafted in 1787? Hasn't anyone read The Federalist Papers, or Miracle at Philadelphia? Didn't anyone in that chain remember anything from high school history? Couldn't anybody pick up on the fact that the Constitution couldn't have been drafted in 1774, because in 1774, the nation that would become the United States of America was a set of 13 colonies of the British Empire and would remain so until that most famous year 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was drafted???

If The Governmenttm can't produce an accurate display chronicling it's own founding (it's the Constitution for Christ's sake!) how am I possibly going to trust it to dictate the contents of my breakfast?

Until such time that I have minimal confidence in the ability of The Governmenttm to deliver anything, I'm sticking with the Food Pentagram.
hat tip Instapundit


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