From Aesop's Fables:
A wolf charged a fox with theft, which he denied, and the case was brought before an ape to be tried. When he had heard the evidence on both sides, the ape gave judgment as follows: "I do not think," he said, "that you, O wolf, ever lost what you claim; but all the same I believe that you, fox, are guilty of the theft, in spite of all your denials."
The dishonest get no credit, even if they act honestly.
When I began writing the rants in the middle panels, I didn't have a definite plan in mind, but the results ended up having an interesting socioeconomic/political tone, or at least as much of a tone that is possible without any planning. For better or worse, however, the heads and panel borders cut off enough that following what they are saying is difficult.