The word “ostracism” comes from the Greek word “ostraka,” which means “pot shard.” Every January or February, the Athenians would hold an assembly. If it was so decided at the assembly, a vote was held where the citizens would scratch names on pieces of pot shards (which were cheaper than paper). The person who got his name scratched in 6,000 times or more got kicked out of Athens for ten years. Private citizen, politician…didn’t matter. They were gone.
If congress got THAT 6,000 votes, it would probably be the first 6,000 they’ve gotten lately.
Taylor Ferrera, as we’ve said before, is kind of this generation’s Young Bob Dylan, and she proves it once again with the glorious “Everything is More Popular Than Congress.” Aside from Taylor’s ability to rhyme almost anything, “Congress” is as cheerfully incisive as her other videos, like “Poll Tax,” “If Only Lincoln Had a Gun” and “Miley Syria.”
In a way, it’s kind of a shame we don’t have a system of ostracism like the Athenians. Then again, by that system, it would take 400 years to get rid of most of our current problems. But, for the next 399 at least, we’ve got voices like Taylor Ferrera reminding us that Congress is, above all else, slightly less popular than dog poop.