If you have some time to kill and would like a little comic relief in your day, check out the Patrick Henry Caucus video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5legitZhpo.
You at first will get the impression this is a Saturday Night Live skit parodying goofy politicians with overblown senses of self-importance.
But the funniest thing about this video is the characters in it are not trying to be funny.
They actually are taking themselves seriously and expect you to do so as well.
The link to the videos can be found on the Patrick Henry Caucus home page, thepatrickhenrycaucus.org, which explains what the caucus is all about, although its founders were at first confused about whether it's a PAC, a non-profit or just a regular corporation. The founders, all members of the Utah House of Representatives, have tried to make a little money on the deal, selling lapel pins and other trinkets to those who want to demonstrate how patriotic they are.
The home page also, of course, contains a link where you can donate money to them.
But the video is a hoot.
It treats you to epic action hero music with a generous portion of kettle drum pounding and horn blaring as the five central characters Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman; Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo; Rep. Steve Sandstrom, R-Orem; Rep. Ken Sumsion, R-American Fork; and Rep. Keith Grover, R-Provo stare at us, the viewers, with expressions letting us know they are prepared to save the free world as we know it.
The video intersperses scenes of our action heroes demonstrating their true grit with written quotes from the Founding Fathers and images of Washington crossing the Delaware and the monuments to the early presidents in Washington, D.C.
One scene shows our five action heroes walking shoulder to shoulder toward the camera in the State Capitol Rotunda, with its impressive marble surroundings, that reminds one of scenes from "The Magnificent Seven." Although there clearly is no Yul Brynner among the bunch. They all have hair.
One of my favorite scenes shows the five standing in a circle with their backs to each other and their stern death-to-the-villains expressions angled strategically toward the camera.
As I looked at each face, I was reminded of the old Mickey Mouse Club program where each Mousketeer would introduce himself or herself in a dramatic face shot.
In this case, it would be "Keith!" "Carl!" "Steve!" "Ken!" "Chris!"
Alas, there is no Annette. Although one brief scene has Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, chanting: "We are the Patrick Henry Caucus." (So watch out, bad guys.)
A sixth founding Patrick Henry Caucus member, former Rep. Craig Frank, doesn't get to be one of the action heroes because he had to leave the Legislature after it was discovered he doesn't live in the House district he represented.
But Frank, who gets a fee from the Patrick Henry Caucus for "executive services," got to say in the video: "Give me liberty or give me death."
This monumental ego trip by the five action heroes (sans Alfred) has been displayed before.
In 2008, the first election cycle after Sandstrom, Wimmer, Herrod, Grover and Sumsion were elected to the House, a Republican Party flier was distributed, dubbing them "The Fabulous Five."
Now, however, it seems our super heroes are getting antsy.
Four of them are looking at higher office. Wimmer and Sandstrom will run against each other for the GOP nomination in the 4th Congressional District, Sumsion is running for governor, and Herrod has indicated an interest in the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Orrin Hatch.
Sadly, we'll be left with just the "Fabulous One."