Good Enough For Government

In Good Enough For Government, Matt on December 10, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , ,



Sourpuss Hary Reid from

Marathon Runner

 This week’s blog is not about any legislative bill. It is not about the Republican filibuster of the Defense Authorization Bill because of the provision to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.  Nor the passage of the DREAM Act in the House Wednesday night. Nor the compromise Obama made with Republicans on a tax bill, that he announced at a press conference on Tuesday. Nor the reputed fall out in his own party since. Nor the GOP filibuster of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

What this blog is about H.R. 1704, good old House Resolution 1-7-O-4. The resolution “Honoring the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon.” That battle made timeless by fleets of manufactured elementary school text books distributed to sixth grade students across the country. The one famous not for the battle, but for what happened afterward, when the Greek herald Pheidippides ran from the city Marathon to Athens, 40km, 25 miles, to proclaim Greek victory over the Persians to a crowd of perplexed Athenians, many of whom probably weren’t even aware a war was going on or they thought it had ended already because they couldn’t remember any increase taxes for it. And then died on the spot, after uttering the phrase “we are victorious” in ironic glory, giving forever an arbitrary measure of distance for yuppies to run trying to catch up with a sense of accomplishment that seems to always be eluding them, like some other Greek tragic irony or something.




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