Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Rules Committee, has recently introduced a resolution called “Recognizing magic as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure.” The resolution, which has six Republican co-sponsors, would grant magic an official art status, making it easier for magicians to apply for grants. It would also support efforts to “make sure magic is preserved, understood, and promulgated.” Heavily citing David Copperfield as an example, Rep. Sessions argues that important men have been doing magic forever, and it is Good. Confusingly, Sessions does not differentiate between the performed tricks of David Copperfield and actual supernatural powers of, say, Matilda, or voodoo queen Marie Laveau, or Sandra Bullock’s character in Practical Magic; therefore, I am forced to believe that Rep. Pete Sessions does not know the difference, and regards the world with the wide-eyed wonder of a 4-year-old trick-or-treating for the first time. The text also claims that one’s ability to perform magic “requires only the capacity to dream,” which is inaccurate, because it’s my understanding that this also requires a letter from Hogwarts. The resolution is 711 words long, and since all of them are beautiful, I would like to reprint it… Read full this story
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