[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!

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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:

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10 January 2013

On Politico Today, Roger Simon speaks to the suitability of Chuck Hagel as America’s Secretary of Defense. Writes Simon:

“I am no fan of homicidal dictators like Saddam Hussein, but the world has other homicidal dictators and before we decide to wage nearly nine-year, trillion-dollar wars to remove them all, maybe we ought to have a better reason than unresolved father-son relationships.”

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Read the rest of Mr. Simon’s analysis here:

Hagel Puts Country Ahead-of Conquest

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16 November 2012

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“I voted for socialism, and all I got was Obama.”

—posted by Jack Arnott on Slate (comment to William Saletan, “The Real Romney,” 11/15/2012)

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The Republican Ideology, as currently configured, has stood up to be tested for the past thirty-two years.

It has failed miserably.
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The Apparent Cause of Republican failure is projection.

Most of what the Right perceives in the Left is actually its own reflection.
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Best Case in Point: the Romney campaign disbelieved Obama-leaning poll numbers because the Republicans thought that the Democrats were skewing the numbers.

Instead, it was the Romney campaign doing the skewing. And thus were their errors worsened, and their trend toward loss made stronger.
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Likewise, This Conservative Ideology—that the Democrats are the party of entitlement. Those of us on the outside of the whole thing see how much it is the Right that wallows in its sense of entitlement.

Such as wondering how they could have possibly lost the election, when their policies and practices led America into the mess, and then they scared much of the American electorate away.
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Karl Rove Accuses the Democrats of winning the election by scaring voters off of the Republican Party. We on the outside see this as ridiculous, of course: the Republican policies and principles are their own  policies and principles. Though some elements are often projected on others, yet do they often state these other ideological elements themselves.

And who more than Karl Rove has thrived, politically, on the promulgation of fear?

The whole ideology of the Republican Party is based on fear—gun-bearing thuggery; misogyny; aliens; welfare abuse; voter fraud; wealth-ravaging inflation; me-first healthcare access; other languages, other faiths, and other cultures—here in “the home of the brave.”
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To “Blame the Messenger”—who helps communicate the anti-immigrant, anti-choice, anti-voting, anti-poor Right Wing planks—exemplifies the Republican culture of entitlement.

And of projection.

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Gozo!

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