I was greeted by beautiful-bodied women, heroically muscled men and horses depicted with such beauty, grace and detail that I felt as if I was in the private room of a Renaissance aristocrat like a Medici or Lombard, or in the summer home of the Pope.
They might have some abstract legal "right" to vote -- but not the deeply rooted right to vote that only comes from the exercise of responsible proprietorship. And besides, what does not having a photo ID in this day and age testify to if not an absence of that responsibility?
Mike Bloomberg is smart, focused, popular -- and a largely successful mayor. But he's also the avatar of a new age of politics dominated not by the checks-and-balances we learned about in high school but too often simply checks.