Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding

Saturday, July 04, 2009


As in much of the country, conservatives are throwing “Tea Parties” here today in protest of what they see as irresponsible spending of federal funds. I'm sympathetic with the basic gist of their gripe and agree that only fools spend their money faster than they earn it (such behavior, of course, is always temporary). I notice though, that the loudest voices are the same ones shouting “drill baby drill,” and can't for the life of me figure how they reconcile their monetary and natural resource policies. However much you love it, the former is the abstract element of the two, and is wholly dependent on the latter. Despite my sympathy with the conservatives' denouncing our living beyond our financial means, I'm still more inclined to protest our using up our real resources faster than they're replenished. At this point it would be appropriate to post a Bald Eagle painting, but I've never painted one. Another big endemic American bird will have to do. Happy Fourth of July!
illustration: CALIFORNIA CONDOR (2008) acrylic 30" x 20"


Blogger Glendon Mellow said...

The condor is in many ways, a bird waiting to be a symbol of hope. Appropriate in any case.

Phenomenal face.

Happy 4th!

4:37 AM  
Blogger John B. said...

Hey, at least eagles and condors have something in common – they're both scavengers.

Regarding the fiscal responsibility thing... The arguments against deficit spending only seem to get dragged out when social programs like Medicare or unemployment assistance patronage of the arts are at issue. I have never heard a single conservative object to out-of-control defense spending or warfare on the basis on its cost, even though defense spending is the biggest part of the budget apart from Medicare.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Carl Buell said...

Beautiful Condor Carel!

I also have to agree with both my friend Glendon about the appropriate symbolism of the Condor and John about the cherry-picking of Conservative issues for protest.

3:13 PM  
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6:13 PM  

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