To me it's energizing to realize this country has voted itself destruction - and strangely comforting. The pretense is gone. No more trying to save America. Its bloated corpse has been floating on the sea of endless wars, millions of slaughtered unborn, removal of Christianity from all public life, and fiscal insanity for so long that we had become inured to it, we thought something could still be done. But, for those paying attention, I think this election is a wake up call. Most people in this country don't want things to change. They think their benefits and dead babies, and dead young men can keep accumulating forever. And, short of a miraculous conversion of the entire population, they will - until, suddenly, they can't anymore.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with they result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville