Our legislators may be democratically elected, but the choices the electorate has to choose from are too often picked by monied interests and ‘for profit’ media outlets. While our cannibalistic congress continues to divide and weaken the nation with the enthusiastic assistance of pundits, our money is going overseas to pay for products made cheaper and/or not made in America. The items made in China are financing China’s military growth as well as China’s diplomatic inroads in Indonesia, Africa, and other nations. And while China’s leader speaks at trade conferences to which Mr. Obama was also to attend, Mr. Obama stays home hoping a bill will be brought to his desk that he feels he can sign.To the point of the cartoon, if not for more functional democracies still practicing in Europe, Japan, Australia, and other continents, the concept of democracy might be considered a bad thing. At one time we were the city on the hill, the shining example of how a country could be secure, profitable, and powerful with its people living a quality of life that was the envy of the world. In 2001, the world was behind us like never before. The planet was outraged when the towers fell, the pentagon was struck, and a plane full of heroes died to prevent their plane from being used to kill even more people. We lost that good will, and as hearts hardened in the USA and Congress, the world began to wonder what had happened to ‘the shining city on the hill’. There was a brief hope when Mr. Obama was elected. People thought a new day had begun, but Democrat hubris, Republican intransigence, old prejudices and new ones, combined with Mr. Obama’s apparent lack of readiness for the office to which he had been elevated has ended that new day and our nation is in a dark period where citizens are out of work and being told that it’s “THOSE PEOPLES’ Fault”. We have become "a house divided’.There is an elite set of career politicians in secure positions who are protected by monied interests and media in whose service they truly toil. We are an oligarchy, led by a few who are compensated by corporations and individuals who think internationally, not nationally, and who do not think on behalf of people. If we do not change this dynamic, there will come a time that it will not be something we can change. It may have already passed that tipping point since we are more willing to write insults to each other, than to write and demand answers from our leaders.Respectfully,C.