Maira Kalman visits Congress and offers her unique perspective on the legislative process in her continuing series And the Pursuit of Happiness. Her illustrations highlight nicely the tension between the grandeur of the place and the messages about liberty and equality.
After describing the complicated process for making laws, she highlights something that too many people forget—”the system is supposed to be cumbersome and not subject to the whim of the moment.” Mission accomplished. The system also is composed of good people who are doing their best under less-than-perfect circumstances. As always, Kalman has interesting ways of featuring those folks.
Kalman strikes me as one of our most effective civics teachers—interesting, accessible, and respectful of government institutions and the people who make them work. Take a look and see what you think.