(NaBloPoMo) “There Be Dragons,” One Congressman Mutters to the Other (an utterance I imagine one of them making when I watch a span of legislators talking amongst themselves as someone testifies about affordable health care for all or the use of alternative energy to combat climate change. How to Help Congress? I Have a Suggestion. (A 420 Character 9-Line Poem by Patty)
So scary that ancient maps drew Dragons to symbolize the unknown;
travel there was to go “where there be dragons.”
So, is it just fear of the unknown
that creates Congressional enemies of Affordable Care for All
(like the rest of the developed world has)
or Carbon Sequestration to Combat Climate Change?
Nix the dragons w/: Ted Talks, Sessions with Phil Nye the Science Guy, or NPR.
Make Known the Unknown.
Let’s learn facts. Or it’s all going to be too close to what the Onion portrays Congress to be in this piece:
Rep. William Cummings (D-VA) defends his use of the slang word “pronk” as a legitimate catchphrase.
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But, I think the guys in an early Congress had an excuse for believing in dragons. They didn’t have access to Ted and his Talks.
Another Idea: our fearful, non-productive Congress could seize the dragon by the horns (oops, mixed metaphor; but, um, I like it; so it stays.) and go on one of the study abroad programs organized by this amazing company, or ones of its ilk. The company’s called Where There Be Dragons:
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While Dragons programs vary in their focus—with some trekking and wilderness intensive, others strong on service and development studies, and still others language-oriented—all Dragons journeys are designed above all else to be fun, safe and honest educational experiences.