To Lose a Friend, Perhaps?

How important is politics to you?

Leave the country important? Quit a job important? Lose a friend important? Get a divorce important?

In the last twenty presidential elections politics has not been that important. If you lost, you got over it. Even when it was hard. (Nixon in 1960 was defeated by the Chicago Dead. But he let it go. So did the half of the country that voted for him.)

The razor thins of Bubba Bush were intense but the Democrats accepted the results with, if not grace, Stoicism.

The peaceful transfer of power has gone down without any major disruption.

Not this time.

This time the side that lost seems to have decided to sabotage the side that won. Sabotage the country, too, if that’s what it takes. They’re not getting over it. It doesn’t appear they will. They’re buttoning up, battening down, preparing for the long twilight struggle to overturn a free and fair election held by a free people.

What are you going to do if your friend is one of these people? He lets you know that he’s going to slash the tires on the car the country is driving. He’s going to drop his wooden shoes into the machinery of Trump’s government. He’s going to hurt it, if he can. And, there may be a million (or more) just like him.

What are you going to do?


The Job 7.10.17

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