A few days after the election of 2012 the very talented Michael Ramirez published a political cartoon that perhaps conveyed a more profound meaning than he anticipated. He depicted a pair of hands extending from star-studded sleeves (presumably from a mendicant Uncle Sam), which were held in supplication, as though waiting for a handout or petitioning voters to relinquish more of their earnings to the federal government. There’s another way of interpreting this image, however; the hands appeared not only pathetic and a bit contemptible, but also aged and withered, as though belonging to an old man. In which case,...
Not blaming any of "them." The enemy is us. Our agenda has fractured (see the article above.) and, like Humpdy-Dumpty, cannot be put together again. At least, so it seems. It has not been a steady decline, nor would such be expected. The Reagan-Bush I-Clinton years were a bit of a respite, but it turned out to be illusory.
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