Good morning and congratulations, President-elect Trump

By | 2016/11/09

I note that estimable source of journalism on American politics today, UK’s The Guardian, on the outcome of the US presidential election.

Donald Trump shattered expectations on Tuesday with an election night victory that revealed deep anti-establishment anger among American voters and set the world on a journey into the political unknown.

Good morning and congratulations, President-elect Trump.

Because acknowledging the facts is how democracy is supposed to work, and putting our full faith and credit into what we do together, we the people, and this is what we have done.

We have concentrated political power into one party, which will hold two of three branches of our government early next year, and with the expectation that our third branch will likely shift toward that same party’s goals shortly thereafter, and will only increasingly shift that way for years to come. We have carefully and with full knowledge of what we were doing dismantled the checks and balances built into our constitution.

That’s that for the group, the collective we. When it comes to the ethics of what we as individuals do in relation to that, about the only thing that comes to mind here is the advice of a lawyer concerning how to respond to an officer requesting a search at a traffic stop: I will not interfere with what you are legally permitted to do, but if it requires my consent, you do not have it.

Keep well, everyone. Do the best you can, and help others when you can.

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