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A Few Good Congressmen

In Society on October 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

(a sketch that doesn’t really change much in the classic scene from “A Few Good Men”)


Marine:  Congressman, did you cause the shutdown ?!

Party: You don’t have to answer that question!

Congressman:  I’ll answer the question. You want answers?

Marine: I think I’m entitled!

Congressman: You want answers ?!

Marine: I want the truth!

Congressman:  YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!  Son, we live in a world that has laws, and those laws have to be passed by men like me. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Senate President? I have greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep because of the shutdown and you curse Congress. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that the shutdown, while tragic, stops spending.  And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves money! You don’t want the truth, because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on those laws.  You need me on those laws. We use words like “ultimatum”, “brinkmanship”, “blackmail”.  We use these words as the backbone of our strategy. You use them as a punchline.  I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very budget that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it!  I would rather you just said “thank you”, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up your weapon, and stand to post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!

Marine: Did you cause the shutdown?

Congressman: I did the job that—-

Marine: Did you cause the shutdown?!!