Sequestration: A national embarrassment
Great national tragedies and crises often inspire great art and music. We’ve seen memorials built, sculptures created and anthems written.
The World War II and Vietnam War memorials on the National Mall in Washington are great examples. They evoke the pain and suffering and the great achievements of the human spirit.
The new building rising at ground zero in New York similarly is evocative of sacrifice and national resolve. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks inspired Bruce Springsteen's pained, but still uplifting song, Rise Up.
My personal favorite is John Lee Hooker’s The Motor City is Burning, which he wrote after the 1967 riots in Detroit. You can feel his pain.