Think about the transcontinental railroad, Hoover Dam, the Marshall Plan, the Apollo program.
Think about Chicago building a tunnel two miles out into Lake Michigan to bring clean water to a polluted city.
Think about the margarita. (It’s delicious.)
Now think about what we absolutely can’t do.
Levitate. Turn lead paint into gold faucets. Argue Arizona statehood with Elmo in a strip club.
Elmo LIKE Sheriff Arapio.
And, of course, how we can’t fix a washed-out public right of way in central Illinois.
It’s been, what, two or three years since you could walk or ride a bicycle on the Rock Island Trail from Princeville to Wyoming?
Elmo LIKE linear nature of time.
This isn’t a closed trail. This is what 21st-century learned helplessness looks like.
Welcome to the state of Illinois.
Elmo LIKE Iowa.