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George through a hole in the Wall

George through a Hole (9522, 10-8-13)

One of the more interesting spots at Mt. Rushmore is a small cave-like area just below the sculpted likenesses of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt.  If you walk into this short cave, you’ll find a crack in the back wall that nicely frames these guys (especially Washington).  Of course, no one is finding this spot at the moment.  Mt. Rushmore is closed.  Poor George is probably wondering where everybody went.  Or maybe he knows what’s going on in our highly dysfunctional country.  Maybe if the responsible idiots who caused this nonsense could be tricked into gathering at the base of Rushmore George could cause some rocks to break lose and flatten a few of their empty heads.

Yeah, it’s a fantasy.  But you have to wonder what George and Tom and Abe and Teddy might say if they suddenly became animate again.  They’d probably all fall down and go boom.  Why, after all, would they want to stay up there while the world just laughs at our silliness?


4 Responses to “George through a hole in the Wall”

  1. Markus Spring

    I feel with you, Paul. For a non-American, this is very hard to understand, especially when being used to the seemingly always compromising European style of politics. As disappointing that might sometimes be, the U.S. style alternative is not really more attractive – especially when seeing what is at stake.
    The complicated multi-party parliamentary situations here cause sympathies with a seemingly more stable two party system caused by only direct votes. But that stability can turn into a kind of torpor (given the right a.k.a. wrong kind of member), where superior interests seem to become sacrificed for the sake of party (or sub-party) guideliines.

    • Paul Maxim

      Yes, scary and very definitely hard to understand. Sooner or later this self inflicted paralysis is going to bite us in the ass big time. And it will affect everybody – not just foolish and short-sighted Americans. To say that it’s embarrassing is an understatement………..

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks. The crack in the wall is oddly symbolic, I think.

      I was never a huge fan of President Reagan, but he was certainly able to carry on constructive dialogue with Tip O’Neil and the rest of the democrats. Things got done. That’s a far cry from today’s dynamic. Or lack of one, perhaps.

      Sadly, there’s no room up on Rushmore for Reagan (or anyone else). There’s no more rock to be sculpted. We’ll have to find a new mountain elsewhere!


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