HAIL, LOCRIA!

I don’t know what you think of George Will (Zorak, I know, doesn’t care for him much), but when the man hits his stride, he’s like Jordan in the paint. He’s unstoppable.

To wit:

A Locrian who proposed any new law stood forth in the assembly of the people with a cord round his neck, and if the law was rejected, the innovator was instantly strangled.” (Edward Gibbon, “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”)

If Congress had the rule of the Locrians, a people in ancient Greece, it would have been fatal to Sen. Byron Dorgan, the North Dakota Democrat. He recently got 34 colleagues, none of them Republicans, to vote for his measure to punish oil companies for earning profits that, relative to revenue, were unimpressive.

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