A visit to Wonderland-The Tea Party

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A satirical interpretation of what Alice might see in today's "Wonderland"

Submitted: November 18, 2013

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Submitted: November 18, 2013



A Visit to Wonderland-The Tea Party

(With apologies to Lewis Carroll)

Washington is such a strange place, I thought, as I walked the streets of the capitol. Everything seems to work the opposite of the way things work in the real world! I had been invited to a tea party that everyone was making such a big fuss about. Queen Nancy was shouting “Off with their heads!” and Prince Harry wants everyone at the party put in chains. It certainly was different than where I came from, where people are allowed to speak their minds.

When I got to the tea party I saw that the table that had been set was a large one, but only three people were sitting at it, Queen Nancy, Price Harry and King Barack, and they were crowed together. “No room, no room!”, they cried.

“There’s plenty of room at the table for all”, I said indignantly as I sat down.

“Here, have some ‘recovery’ wine,” said King Barack

“I don’t see any recovery,” I replied.

“There isn’t any,” he said.

“It wasn’t very civil of you to offer it then.” I said angrily.

“It wasn’t civil for you to come to the table without being invited,” he replied.

“I didn’t know that it was YOUR table,” I said, “It’s laid out for a great many more.”

 Then Queen Nancy spoke. “Do you like riddles? How shall we pay off the National Debt?” she said.

I thought and thought, but could not think of an answer. Finally I said, “I give up.”

“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said Queen Nancy.

“Nor I,” said King Barack.

“I think you might do something better with time,” I said wearily, “than wasting it with riddles that have no answer.”

“Tell us a story,” King Barack said to Prince Harry, nudging him with his elbow to wake him up.

“Yes, tell us a story, I eagerly said.”

“A story, yes, well of course, let me see, umm.” He thought for a few moments and then said, “I am a very conservative person, always have been. As Prince I’ve done everything in my power to see that as a country we live within our means and practice fiscal responsibility. With the help of Queen Nancy and encouragement from King Barak, I rammed legislation through congress that will cost trillions of dollars, but it will all pay for itself.”

“That was the strangest story I had ever heard, and it could only have been told in Washington.”

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