On March 14, 2016 Representatives Sessions, Stivers, Meehan, Donovan, Dent, Simpson, and Buck presented House Resolution 642 that recognizes magic as a rare and valuable art form and a national treasure.
Yes, folks, these men believe in magic, and want to officially recognize such.
While dreams of wands and lightning bolts danced in my head, I looked up this particular resolution, and I have to admit I wholeheartedly support magic as an art form and national treasure.
You can read the entirety of the resolution here, but I am quoting the end of it here:
Whereas magic is timeless in appeal and requires only the capacity to dream;
Whereas magic transcends any barrier of race, religion, language, or culture;
Whereas magic has not been properly recognized as a great American art form, nor has it been accorded the institutional status on a national level commensurate with its value and importance;
Whereas there is not an effective national effort to support and preserve magic;
Whereas documentation and archival support required by such a great art form has yet to be systematically applied to the field of magic; and
Whereas it is in the best interest of the national welfare to preserve and celebrate the unique art form of magic:In the midst of all the name-calling, penis-measuring, and violence of the election, I find this resolution refreshing. Maybe I've watching a bit too much Penn and Teller, or maybe I've read too much about Harry Houdini. But I firmly agree that magic does open up new views of the world and helps people dream.
Have a wonderful weekend!