Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Cockroach as Beacon Hill Mascot

Cockroaches are invertebrates. They have a tough exoskeleton, but no backbone. They are also deeply entrenched on this planet and virtually impossible to eliminate or even to control. They respond quickly to light and movement, both of which they find threatening to their blissful quiet existence of pillaging the foodstuffs of others.

If our 1-party-controlled Massachusetts Legislature were to choose an animal mascot, I would suggest the cockroach. All of the characteristics listed above are fitting. As the Globe reports:

State lawmakers voted this afternoon to put off a debate on gay marriage until Nov. 9, two days after the general election.

A true profile in courage, and one worthy of a cockroach. Perhaps a rising rep on Beacon Hill can get a Pulitzer by publishing a book entitled 'Profiles in Cowardice'.

The Globe story also contains a quote from a same-sex marriage supporter that is simply delicious as an example of smug self-satisfaction and moral superiority:

“I think this is the civil rights issue of our time," said Mea Geizhals, 19, of Mission Hill who arrived at 6:30 a.m. "It's nice to be a part of a movement that feels very pure.”

No doubt both Mea and many Massachusetts legislators ‘feel very pure’ tonight.


2outer said...

The MA house already has a mascot: the sacred cod.

2outer said...

Harry said...

The cod is an honest bottom-feeder. The cockroach would better match the behavior that goes on in that room.

Sissy Willis said...

You're giving cockroaches a bad name. :)