Monday, June 20, 2011

Rick Scott, straight out of Monty Python? (VIDEO)

Shortly after Floridians made the colossal mistake of electing Rick Scott governor (he should have gone to jail instead), he invoked his supreme executive power to suspend all rulemaking at all agencies subject to his authority.

A poor blind woman from Miami challenged Scott in court. In a legal filing, her lawyer accused Scott of getting his theory of government from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Wrote the lawyer,
...the Governor's theory seems to have come from a Monty Python skit. See the discourse between 'Arthur, King of Britons' and 'Dennis the Constitutional Peasant,' from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
In the film, filthy peasants ask King Arthur who made him king. He explains that a mystical Lady of the Lake "held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king."
Dennis responds: "Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony … You can't expect to wield supreme executive power because some watery tart threw a sword at you."
(All that's in the filing, by the way.)

The blind woman, Rosalie Whiley of Opa Locka, argues that one of the stalled rules would make it easier for her to apply for food stamps online. The court scheduled a hearing for June 29.

There's something in the Monty Python skit that all workers in the Governors-Gone-Wild states can relate to. Dennis tells King Arthur:
What I object to is that you automatically treat me as your inferior