The print edition of the New York Times didn't lead today with the photo above. But the internet version did. That's a swearing in ceremony for new citizens held, oh so appropriately, in front of phony patriotic storefronts and Cinderella's castle at Disneyland.
No slight meant to the new citizens, who, I think we can assume, are diligent, serous minded, ambitious people whose energy our country needs. But the setting is an awfully good metaphor for the contemporary United States. A candy colored commercial facsimile has replaced the aspirational United States our myths depend on -- see a biting Canadian view.
Meanwhile, a feckless President pardons his loyal servant in felonious obstruction of justice, while the nation's highest court's term can be properly summed up as "Justice Denied."
The wise Derrick Z. Jackson sums up this judicial achievement:
Meanwhile, and perhaps worst, we have a President likely determined on further imperial war to upstage his continuing crime in Iraq:
Times indeed that try our mettle as people -- do we really choose to live in a Disneyland fantasy or is there a real world out there?