A Metaphor for Democracy?
Up on the surface, the signs of the trouble at the Jefferson Memorial are small:
A few blacktop patches over uneven seams in some concrete. A cordoned-off section where the sea wall has slipped below the front plaza. The “tilt meter” boxes that visitors can’t see unless they know where to look.
Underground, though, the problems may be huge: Slowly, almost imperceptibly, parts of the complex seem to be sinking into the mud.