In thinking about the Fiscal Cliff and other contemporary political stories I thought that Mel Brooks classic comedy “Blazing Saddles” was apropos…

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Sometimes a film can capture the spirit of a society. If there is an iconic film that captures the spirit of America it has to be Mel Brooks’ classic Western spoof Blazing Saddles.  It debuted back in 1974 when the nation was bitterly divided facing political crisis in the wake of the Watergate break-in cover-up which was soon to usher President Richard Nixon out of office and an economic crisis including a spike in oil and gas prices brought about by Middle East tensions.  Americans also faced the end of a disastrous war in Vietnam the military threat of the Soviet Union, dissent among our Allies and the rise of a new economic power Japan.

It is at times like this that our political leaders almost always fail to rise…

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  1. I can almost picture John Boehner with a gun to the side of his own head. “Okay, nobody move, or the orange guy gets it!” 😀

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