[The following thoughts were first posted to Quora on 18 November 2016]

One of America’s greatest strengths is that our system of politics and government works. Though we still refer to ourselves as a young country, our system of government now has outlasted most that were in place when America was formed.

This strength means that no one person can undo us. In the current situation, Donald Trump will find himself faced with some interesting challenges as he works to navigate the straits of American politics, Right and Left.

I believe it is this strength, the stability of our foundation, that partly explains why so many of us don’t bother to vote: no matter the outcome of any election, the direct results on our daily lives are comparatively small and remote.

As disappointing as it is, that so many of our fellow citizens bought the blatant “pig in a poke” offer made by Donald Trump, yet we shall survive.

Thirty-five years ago, a guy rose to the presidency by advocating a 180º turn in America’s direction “forward.” The most-recent election looked like the one to put a final “nail” in that reactionary “coffin,” and get America finally moving forward once again. Now, as it turns out, we have to wait a bit longer. The old folks have forgotten how great America once looked to become, and the young people do not believe that we ever moved so assertively Forward. Roosevelt; Roosevelt; Kennedy; Johnson; Obama.

Our Exceptional Nation Shall Move Forward Again!

Regards,
(($; -)}™
Gozo!

@GozoTweets
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11 November 2016

We Grieve Now because of something that has stilled hearts of the civilized world since World War II started out of Germany and ran its course:

We feel the powerlessness of knowing that, had we been there as German citizens, we could not have stopped the rise of Adolph Hitler.
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Many Rational-sounding Arguments to support voting for this election’s winner are given voice. None dismiss the fact of our knowing virtually nothing to the good of the character, and quite a bit to the bad, and the fact that only words, empty promises by a person devoid of any experience in fulfilling promises, were offered us.

Too many of the words were filled with rage. Too much of that rage was amplified by that candidate’s supporters at rallies. Groups classes of American citizens were insulted, vilified. In this election, it was Muslims, where, resulting from the 1932 German election, it turned out to be the Jews.

“It can’t happen here,” has been a refrain that the world has lived with, throughout the years since the end of World War II.
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“It can’t happen here.”

After Tuesday’s Voting, when America received its most-obvious such major-party ideologue, spewing insults and hatred, which insults and hatred found resonance among too many of the ideologue’s adherents, flocking to each successive rally—

After Tuesday’s voting, when the candidate unequivocally offered nothing but insults and empty promises—

We feel the powerlessness of knowing that, had we been there as German citizens, we could not have stopped the rise of Adolph Hitler.

With the sadness of dire regrets,
(($; -\}
Gozo!

@GozoTweets

Nothin’ Doin’ Here

7 November 2016

Regretfully, we’ve been busy elsewhere. Notably, over the past eighteen months, it’s been the U.S. Presidential election, with its shameful and frightening racist overtones. We plan to be back after 08 November 2016. And that’s just tomorrow! So maybe see you soon?

In the meantime:

Regards,
(($; -)}
Gozo!