We're sure that, if you're a right-wing American, the video above is a wonderful example of an impassioned man standing up for his beliefs.

To us lily-livered, bleeding heart, liberal egghead communist* Brits, however, it's more of a jaw-on-the-floor, gawd-blimey-those-Americans! moment.

Yes, click play on the video above to witness Illinois Representative Mike Bost (Republican) launching into a tirade on the floor of the House of Representatives. It's aimed at the House Speaker Michael Madigan (Democrat), whom he accuses of wielding too much power. Like a Pharaoh, apparently. Hence the not-at-all dramatic "Let my people go!" reference.

"Total power in one person's hands - not the American way!" shouts Bolst, before throwing his papers up in the air and sort-of trying to punch them. Before going on to, well, lose it, in what the Washington Post is calling "one of the best political rants you'll ever see".

Check out Gawker's report for more details about the pensions bill that Bost was ranting about - and click play on the videos below for more classic, dramatic, political moments. By which we do of course mean: parliamentary punch-ups.

*hat-tip: Aaron Sorkin

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