Shutdown contest: which movie best describes your government?
For California, I’m thinking we’re approaching the third act of a Zorro movie, but I can’t decide if it’s The Mask Of Zorro or Zorro: The Gay Blade. On the one hand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, which would be nice. On the other hand, Ron Leibman’s insane over-the-top dictator Esteban, which is more realistic.
Michigan has already passed peak Esteban, but we’re getting there. I’ve been hearing a lot of coordinated car-horn honking outside lately, but I have no idea where it could be; my best guess is that it’s on Main Street, over a mile away. There have been formal protests on South Main, but that’s a good five miles away.
Definitely Zorro: The Gay Blade:
"You don't really believe the people are happy!"
"All I know is the soldiers are quite happy shooting the peoples who say the peoples are not happy."
(Esteban pointing to peasant on rack)
"That man was three pesos short in paying his taxes. I can assure you that he will never be short again."
"Arrest that woman! Now!"
"No, wait! Isn't this the village square, where according to law, everyone is allowed to speak his or her mind?"
"You're right, Señorita."
"The woman is allowed to speak! Arrest anyone who listens."
"It looks like it'll buy the peoples a lot of houses, maybe even some schools and roads."
"Roads? What do the people need roads for? They never go anywhere."
"This sword, with which to fight injustice. This mask, with which to deceive tyranny. And this hat, which needs... reblocking."
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