Pay No Attention to the Writing On the Walls

I know there's a really good quote about knowing the state of the people of a country by the writing on the walls. I visited some foreign ports while I was in the Marine Corps. A lot of the time the locals would make big signs on the walls entering the city from the port, "Go Home Americans" and "@#* the U.S." Of course it seemed to us the very same people loved to service us, and take our money. Certain vendors would even come on the ship and sell us gold, watches, blankets and whatever. This made me ask myself, "Is there really anything wrong with our mayor" when I saw this display. A minute of internet research told me he was a respectable mayor. Maybe we should try an Athenian Democracy instead of this Democratic Republic we've been living in.