Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Ha-ha!

I was reading this book about the Senate for school, it's kind of a book for kids, but there are several in this series about government and they're fairly in-depth. The Senate

So there's a chapter called "Senator X Sponsors a Bill" which explains how a senator, Senator X, becomes a senator, sponsors a bill, etc.
The whole chapter was pretty funny, with things like "He was proud that the famous debater Stephen A. Douglas had once sat at his desk.", "Senator X was pleased with the amendment.", and "Others [bills] were defeated on the Senate floor. He was not discouraged."

Anyway, there's this one section that totally cracked me up:

"Because there has been corruption in the past, the Senate passed rules that said no relative of a senator could work in his office. Senator X avoids any hint of wrongdoing. One of his voters gave him a framed cross-stitch that reads, 'Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.' He hung it on his office wall as a reminder that he is a servant of the people and shouldn't get overly impressed with his power."

I think it was the cross-stitch that did me in there... :D

2 comments:

Will said...

When was that book written? Turn of the century? As soon as I read "a framed cross-stitch" I laughed which, thinking about it, is a little sad. I wonder when the last time someone took the time to encourage or thank their senator for a job well done...Course I guess you have to have a senator doing a good job to begin with.....

Natalie said...

Yeah, if it had even said "poster" or "plaque" but the cross-stitch was funny to me for some reason! :D ...even though I cross-stitch. :)

Course I guess you have to have a senator doing a good job to begin with.....

True!

Actually, there are people cross-stitching quilt squares for a quilt to give to Bush when he leaves office...which... Well, ah...nevermind, I'll just leave it at that...before I say too much... *shuts mouth*