Life imitates art (the West Wing Explains American Politics)

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The West Wing Episode 1: Pilot (reformatted):
Mary: I dont like what Ive just been accused of.

Toby: [raising his voice] I'm afraid thats just tough, Mrs. Marsh.

Van Dyke: The First Commandment says "Honor thy Father".

Toby: No it doesnt.

Josh: Toby--

Toby: It doesnt.

Josh: Listen--

Toby: No, if I'm gonna make you sit through this preposterous exercise, were gonna get the names of the damn commandments right.

Mary: Okay. Here we go.

Toby: "Honor thy Father" is the Third Commandment.

Van Dyke: Then whats the First Commandment?
A booming voice comes from off screen. The camera moves to show PRESIDENT JED BARTLET with a cane standing in the doorway with several Secret Service agents.

President Jed Bartlet: "I am the Lord your God. Thou shalt worship no other God before me." Boy, those were the days, huh?

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland on the Colbert Report:

Colbert: You co-sponsored a bill requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in the House and the Senate. Why was that important to you?

Westmoreland: Well, the Ten Commandments is not a bad thing for people to understand and respect.

Colbert: I'm with you.

Westmoreland: Where better place could you have something like that than in a judicial building or in a courthouse?

Colbert: That is a good question. Can you think of any better building to put the Ten Commandments in than in a public building?

Westmoreland: No. I think if we were totally without 'em we may lose a sense of our direction.

Colbert: What are the Ten Commandments?

Westmoreland: What are all of them? You want me to name 'em all?

Colbert: Yeah. Please.

Westmoreland: Don't murder. Don't lie. Don't steal. Uh... I can't name 'em all.

Colbert: Congressman, thank you for taking time away from keeping the sabbath day holy to talk to us.


I like the comment on the Ten Commandments that Robert A. Heinlein makes in "To Sail Beyond The Sunset" (which I believe matches his own personal view)

"The Ten Commandments are for lame brains. The first five are solely for the benefit of the priests and the powers that be; the second five are half truths, neither complete nor adequate."

Oh, on second thought, maybe it would be very appropriate to require displaying them in the House and Senate.

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