October 11, 2013

Saddest Photo from the Government Shutdown.

“I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between.”

~ Ayn Rand

We are all hearing such tales, of back and forth bickering—inundated with the details of government we never thought to know.

Faces of politicians are splashed under headlines of a most uncompromising view. Millions are without work, and wondering if an end shall ever be near.

But nothing seems to tell the tale better than the image of a small child standing sadly at the gates of the Washington D.C. Zoo, and wishing only for the opportunity to enter in.

A child knows nothing of these adult politics. In some ways, their vision is much clearer than our own.

Perhaps this is the message Congress most needs to hear.


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Oct 12, 2013 8:09am

This is one of the sweetest/saddest pictures… I am so sad for all the children who are impacted by the shut down. I'm worried for all of them. I'm worried for the kids who were waiting for treatment at NIH, the kids in Head Start programs, and I ache for their parents. Raising my own child in D.C., we appreciated (and needed) the zoo, as well as ALL the free museums and art galleries. This shut down sucks, and one picture is worth a thousand words. xox

GerryM Oct 12, 2013 7:00am

While i agree with the sentiment that children shouldn't suffer because of adult stupidity I wouldn't be disappointed if zoos closed and never reopened.

Caroline Sammet Oct 11, 2013 11:41pm

Hmm, except that, in particular, zoos are pretty damn depressing and not such a terrible thing to be shut down. Maybe the food issue??? The poor families deprived of sustenance? That's sad. Not being unable to view some miserable animals in captivity, really, not so much. I think that two-year-old at the gate is not so impoverished for not seeing a half-insane/depressed orangutan.

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