Saturday, February 20, 2010
Apt metaphor on icy Lake Mendota for the sad state of American democracy?
There's gridlock in Washington and what looks like a disaster scene on Lake Mendota in front of the UW Memorial Union. An angry scar runs across the ice. Lady Liberty looks to be in bad shape. Why has she cast down her torch -- once such a hopeful beacon of the American Dream for millions? Has she tossed it aside out of fear? Frustration? Anger? Helplessness? The bottom has fallen out. She's up to her eyeballs in the icy waters, in danger of drowning. The people are milling about, unsure what to do, wondering whether they can put their broken democracy together again.