Churchill and the Kilkenny Cats
Or: “Is the U.S. Senate like the Kilkenny Cats?”
A Churchillian friend who has written to her Senators emails:
This brief video by Senator Rand Paul is a good example of why the United States Congress has only a 10% approval rating. Isn’t Senator Reid in charge in the Senate? The video explains why the Senate is an insult to the American people.
I’ve given up on the U.S. Senate, myself. I’m glad somebody is still writing them letters.
Will any reader advise whether Senator Paul won on his July 29th point of order, attempting to get extra time to read a 600-page Senate bill due for a vote in six or eight hours?
Naturally there is a Churchill quotation which suits the habitual behavior of the United States Senate (as there is a Churchill quotation for just about everything). Speaking in the House of Commons on 18 March 1912 Churchill remarked:
It will resemble the contest between Mamilius and Herminius at the battle of Lake Regillus, or the still more homely conflict of the Kilkenny cats. That is a very satisfactory reflection.
Reference is Churchill By Himself, pages 226-27, https://www.amazon.com/dp/1586486381/?tag=richmlang-20
There once were two cats of Kilkenny,
Each thought there was one cat too many.
So they fought and they fit,
And they scratched and they bit
Till, excepting their nails
And the tips of their tails
Instead of two cats there wer’n’t any.
With acknowledgement for the above to the Book of Tales, http://www.bookoftales.com/tales/kilkenny.html