An earthquake struck Virginia on August 23, about 100 miles from Washington DC. The tremor was widely felt but did little damage. However, the quake did damage DC’s great obelisk, the Washington Monument. The monument has been closed to visitors indefinitely.
On the surface this event doesn’t seem significant. However, it has the feel of some dark portent. When an earthquake cracked the great monument, could it have been an omen for America’s future? America is now struggling with a dire economic situation and bitter political acrimony. Political gridlock threatens to bring America to its knees. The crack in the Washington Monument could symbolize the crack in American society. We have been split asunder.
Benjamin Franklin famously said at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Today’s politicians seem determined we hang separately.