Summary: More humor on the FM website, a funny circulating to American chuckles around the web. It says something about us. Something sad.
The Wizard of Oz
appeared on screen in 1939.
Today, if Dorothy were to meet men
with no brains, no hearts, and no balls,
she wouldn’t be in Oz.
She would be in Congress!
This is the traditional mocking of our elected officials. Easy laughs are fun. Working to elect better people is difficult. In a real Republic the former preceeds the latter.
Why is this this not funny (good political humor requires a truthful foundation)? First, Our representatives in Congress are near the top of the American food chain, very successful in worldly terms, overcoming often fierce competition for their offices. Few are stupid in any realistic sense of the term.
Second, western political theory — and much of modern thinking about leadership — says that leaders should be cold in the sense of thinking with their brains, not their hearts or balls. The opposite kind of people are bleeding hearts, not a compliment in most circles.
We pull the levers every two years electing these people to Congress. Our inability to think clearly about what we want in our leaders is an example of OUR dysfunctionality. Not theirs.
These jokes are not funny. They are sad for what they say about us.
Top Secret US Government Documents about Iraq, 11 February 2006 — This is hilarious in an insightful way. Oddly, many readers did not get the joke. Our Editor threatened horrific consequences should any more humor be submitted.