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gold plague for indignities

July 20, 2014

Pennsylvania is adding gold plagues to the portraits of former assemblymen in their legislative House. The gold plagues will denote the crimes for which these assemblymen were convicted. Yes, the crimes.

At least four portraits will have new gold plagues denoting inglorious acts. See Examiner: “Pennsylvania State Capitol amends politician’s portraits to tell the whole story” by Justin Andress:

those politicians who are now facing jail time will get to have their legacy mocked by field trips from here until the zombie apocalypse.

A spokesman for House Speaker Sam Smith, Stephen Miskin, explained, “You can’t change history, whether you like it or not … There was a feeling you should keep the portraits out there and let people make up their own mind.” Don’t look now but the folks who run Pennsylvania just said they wanted to give people all the facts and let them subsequently form their own opinions. That’s dangerous talk in politics.

But it is actually somewhat dangerous because we never get “all the facts”.

What about adding plagues to assembly members’ portraits to denote the bills they sponsored? What about other accolades? Nope, the gold plague is apparently only for crimes.

I’ve quoted Lenny Bruce before:

Lenny Bruce said: “If every politician from the beginning is crooked, there is no crooked.”

So it’s a rogue’s gallery and the golden mark becomes a strange badge of honor. If political corruption is the norm, perhaps getting caught for doing something that many others are getting away with, may indicate a high matyrdom of political service?

[Note to readers: yes, of course the word is “plaque” but it’s so much funnier this way]

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