Straight-line extrapolation is fraught with peril, but there's little denying we're either headed toward purr-adise or — depending on your level of optimism regarding the benevolence of our future animal overlords — cat-astrophe. Consider the following timeline…
July 1776: ZERO households pets or farm animals in positions of governmental responsibility.
1938: Boston Curtis, a donkey, wins the post of Republican precinct committeeman for Milton, Washington, as part of a hoax orchestrated by the town's Democratic mayor.
1981: Bosco, a mix of black Labrador and Rottweiler, elected to be honorary mayor of Sunol, California. He soon had his paws in foreign policy. After the Chinese Communist Peoples Daily used his election as proof that democratic elections don't work, Bosco joined in a pro-democracy rally outside the Chinese consulate in San Francisco.
2008: Lucy Lou, a border collie, becomes mayor of Rabbits Hash, Kentucky.
2012: Stubbs the cat celebrates his 15th year in office as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. Keyboard Cat makes a run for president. And in one of the more watched cat-paigns , Hank runs for U.S. Senate in the open Virginia seat on a platform of "milk in every bowl."
Notice the rabid acceleration in the animal-political population as well as the changing demographics within this elite group. Though many dyspeptic observers believe America is going to the dogs, the trend appears to be toward cats.
At a time of record-level distrust in large institutions, when 65% of Americans have a negative view of the federal government, maybe notoriously independent-minded felines are the right answer for our trust deficit. Most cats won't cuddle up to the special interests. Or to anyone else for that matter.
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