Friday, February 02, 2007

Bill Murray in Groundhog Day (Movie): A Moral Philosophy

Happy Groundhog Day, webizens!

BREAKING NEWS: SPRING RIGHT AROUND CORNER, ACCORDING TO FAT HOG..., smart ass. I'm not talking about Al Roker, but Punxy Phil! The furry, little rodent predicts spring is right around the corner, despite weekend temperatures in western PA that are expected to be in the single digits.

Gov't Issue is too lazy to post, but he doesn't mind emailing his only two friends about this pressing matter. The responsibility falls to me to copy his email and publish it. On several occasions Gov't Issue has told me he appreciates Bill Murray's Groundhog Day because of its moral seriousness. Personally, I'm a bitter cynic who likes uplifting tales.

I'll spare you the Gov't Issue treatise on why Groundhog Day is a modern allegory about the reinventing one's wicked id and satisfying the innate human desire to be loved, redeemed, etc. Let's pass that responsibility onto Jonah Goldberg, the great conservative philosopher at the National Review.

Govt Issue writes:
Somebody's gotta post about the day which inspired one of the best comedies ever.
Money quote: Phil Conners: "This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. What a hype. Well, it used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it. You're hypocrites, all of you!"

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