What force could halt a presidential campaign days before an election?
[Note: Turns out the photo IS a photoshop job of the Statue of Liberty and a supercell thunderstorm from 2004 taken by photographer Mike Hollingshead. I didn’t know this at the time of posting]
Jason Otts’s photo photo of the Statue of Liberty holding the lamp before the approaching storm looks like it must have been photo shopped. It appears ominous, auspicious or other worldly. The awful power of this Franken-super-tropical-Nor’easter-hurricane has stopped the presidential campaign in its tracks as bus tours and rally’s have been canceled.
The Campaign halts. We all, give pause
Shakespeare began his last play “The Tempest” with such a storm It is just such a storm that provides the backdrop for the words of “King Lear”:
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench’d our steeples, drown’d the cocks! 5
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Strike flat the thick rotundity o’ the world!
Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once 10
That make ingrateful man!
Is a message meant for us in this?
Whether or not this is some sign from the heavens or not, the message cannot be missed. There are forces and powers that trivialize our political leanings, the ideals we cherish, and the emotional attachments we make to people and ideas. It is as though the divisive, negatively charged emotions and attacks have been lifted to the heavens to be blown and dropped down upon us. Not Romney, not Obama, not any Supreme Court ruling or Act of Congress can forestall the forces being unleashed across the eastern half of the United States. The momentum of all human campaigns has been held in place, perhaps just to remind us that our pursuits are little more than houses made of straw, sticks, or bricks so completely vulnerable to a higher power.