Closing Arguments: Election 2016

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Raikespeare's Corner

I’d like to issue some closing arguments for this election, late though they may be.

In 2012, I voted for Barack Obama, as a liberal, progressive Democrat. I didn’t have particularly warm feelings toward Mitt Romney, then; I thought he was an obsequious businessman who chose to pander to the conservative base. Had I known how closely the Republican Party was teetering on the edge of sanity, and how that loss would provide the catalyst for the absolute collapse of its morals and ideals, I would have looked back on Romney with far more charity.

I suppose I took for granted that candidates running for high office would have a basic respect for the mores and institutions that sustain a democratic society. I assumed that the breadth of the American public would reject shallow, hate-filled demagoguery and bald-faced authoritarianism. I supposed that parties – even the GOP – would have…

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