Our Better Angels
When we were young children, my brother and I would spend hours glued to our television set watching Bugs Bunny, Mighty Mouse, and other popular cartoons. While the story lines in most of them are victims of Father Time and now merely serve as fond memories, I vividly recall one episode of Tweety Bird and Sylvester. In it, Sylvester has Tweety Bird trapped in his paws when an angel-like replica of the oversized cat suddenly appears on one of his shoulders and begs him not to devour the helpless little bird. As Sylvester begins to weaken and consider other options, a devil-like replica of him appears on his other shoulder and implores him not to wimp out and to go ahead and eat Tweety Bird. Predictably, good conquers evil and Tweety Bird lives to appear in future cartoons. Today, we are at a crossroads where the heart and soul of America is at stake. Like the outcome of that episode of Tweety Bird and Sylvester, I believe our nation’s better angels will rule the day.