Tuesday, March 12, 2013

AWAD: Suffragist

Comedy Central's The Man Show ran a famous skit in which co-hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla set up a booth in a market and asked people to sign a petition to end women's suffrage. Of course, people signed in droves: they thought they were ending women's suffering. 

More suffragist hilarity ensues in this 2012 presidential election video. The man with the microphone asks people in the street, "Is Obama a Keynesian?" They make quick work of the Birther. "No, he's an American!"

The question is not whether women should have the right to vote. The question is whether voting--which H.L. Mencken called an "advance auction of stolen goods"--confers legitimacy to acts we otherwise deem criminal. In this respect at least, I'd say Saudi Arabia and the Vatican are on to something. 


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