Credit where credit is due — this is a variation of the classic Walt Kelly cartoon where his character Pogo observes the swamp that he and his friends live in (and trashed), declaring, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
Sometimes we can be the worst. But let me be absolutely clear here: I am not in any way saying that politicians are never the source of road, environment, and health care issues. They can be and they have been. What I am saying is that it's not a binary thing — it doesn't have to be either them or us. It can be both.
I know. It's June in Michigan — I should have sunnier thoughts, but you know how it's been. I think it's a combination of the weather and the massive amount of road construction everywhere. I should be grateful, and I will be grateful, but...
I think my son put it best in a recent tweet: "Hey Grand Rapids, so first of all thank you for fixing the roads but do you think you could maybe leave just one or two of them open?"
John Auchter is a freelance political cartoonist. His views are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Michigan Radio, its management, or its license holder, the University of Michigan.