I came across this semiotic analysis of the above image while surfing the web this evening.
In The Economist scenario, on the other hand, it's as if the left (in a freak act of nature, in the form of a wannabe-storm cloud) is conspiring not just to high jack the country but to drive it off into the wilderness.What initially caught my attention was the familiar open yet empty American road. Miles Orvell will be giving his lecture next week, "WESTWARD THE COURSE OF EMPIRE: Revisiting the Road in American Culture"
I just wanted to add that the finger pointing left is also crooked. Which also suggests that the "forces of the left" are in someway sinister, sick, or handicapped.