from November 15, 2004
The charter of the Myles Junior Think Tank is simple and elegant: we are in the business of fixing the world. Or, more precisely, it is to think about how best this can be done. We at MJTT are not detail persons; we leave those tasks to the Do Tank (DT), which is busy turning our most brilliant ideas into realities.
(Note: we have been too busy to determine whether the DT is living up to its charter. In fact, we have not had time of late to check into whether the DT is up and running, or even whether it has drawn up its charter. This is, after all, an age of specialization, though I make haste to add that the Check-Up Tank (CUT) is presumably busy monitoring the progress of the DT in their task of implementing our ideas. I say “presumably” because the CUT has not contacted us regarding our own progress, presumably because it is busy at the headquarters of the DT, checking up on their progress in turning our most brilliant ideas etc. etc.)
That said, it has become painfully obvious during this election season that the way we Americans select our leaders is, as several of our congressional committees have reported of late, “woefully inadequate.”
The MJTT response to these bipartisan committees is to say, “Bring it on!” By “it” we mean what the chair of one of those committees (OOTC) has memorably called “the daunting task of fixing the electoral process.” Though the Assignment Tank (AT) has yet to formally request that we accept what the chair of another committee (AC2) called “this sacred mission,” we, in anticipation of this demand, have held our first meeting to think how best to begin thinking about this, our newest challenge.
One of the younger and newer members of MJTT, a recent Ph.D. minted by a prestigious university (PU), has suggested, for starters, that the advice proffered by Shakespeare, that “the first thing we do, we kill all the lawyers,” might well be considered—of course, leaving the actual carnage to the DT.
I was the one who pointed out to our callow upstart and PU Ph.D. that in some circles, this act might be considered illegal.
The point, I am happy to report for the record, was well taken.
It was, I must add, so taken because a more serious and practical and less costly proposal followed this initial inspiration, as day follows daybreak. To wit: “the first thing we do,” to paraphrase the redoubtable Wm. Shakespeare, “we pay all the lawyers.” As the moving force behind MJTT, I was the one upon whom it devolved to tender this suggestion.
The brilliance of this idea dawned at various speeds among our slower members. The second most senior member of our thoughtful group was the second to speak. “Aha!” he or she proclaimed. “Think about it!”
And so, with such proddings as these, we all came to the obvious conclusion, that we had hit upon a sound principle.
Then, after some quaffing, we considered a corollary suggested by our PU Ph.D.: “The second thing we do, we kill all the politicians.”
I will not detail the ensuing discussion. All I can report is that at the end of our all-day session, we sent the minutes of our deliberations to the DT.