In America, we've been lucky enough to have great novels and movies which say something about us. What is interesting is they still hold true in certain situations.
Here's a great Republican slogan from the pen of F Scott Fitzgerald: "so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
One day, a well-known ex-vice president will pass on. The line will only have to be changed slightly: "then last week, as it must to all men, death came to Charles Foster Kane." I wonder if the people conducting the autopsy will tell us where the 666 is hidden on his body."
We look to the Sun Also Rises for our response to those who hope the Republican Congress will begin to work with the presidency: "Isn't it pretty to think so."
And finally we look to one of the greatest Westerns of all time to hear what Pres. Obama says at three in the morning: "Shane, Shane!"