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Can't We Just Go Back to Letting Magic Swords Pick Our Leaders?

Cracked.Com today released a new gallery of satirical images imagining “If the Real World Played by Disney Cartoon Rules.”

With the general election season now officially underway this one jumped out, recalling more traditional, less complicated systems of leadership selection:

Of course, the obligatory Monty Python reference, necessary for all discussions of Excalibur-based elections:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvKIWjnEPNY

DENNIS: Listen — strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

ARTHUR: Be quiet!

DENNIS: Well you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

(Amusing fact of the day: the entire script of Monty Python and the Holy Grail is available at Sacred-Texts.com.)

BTW, a related point that I’ll elaborate on in greater length when I start compiling lists of Disney movies: Unfortunately, Sword in the Stone is one of the weakest films in the Disney canon. Any time Disney movies chose to string together a series of stand-alone episodes instead of developing a full-length narrative a weaker film emerged. But perhaps I’m wrong and should give the movie another look. Any Sword in the Stone defenders out there?