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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

An Axial Moment in America

As I recover from the shock of Trump's victory, I begin to see things more clearly and I realize that when the richest country in the world has three million homeless on any given day and 15% of our people are living below the poverty line while the top 1% enjoy the wealth of Croesus, there is something rotten in - America.
Donald Trump saw this paradox and built his entire campaign strategy around it. Hillary Clinton ignored the poor,the homeless and the hungry children and the African Americans . She dedicated her campaign to the preservation of the status quo- "America is already great" and a government of the elite, for the elite and by the elite.
Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette had their Robespierre and Clinton met her Trump.
"This is the revenge of Middle America, above all of a white working-class America troubled by changing social and cultural mores — not every American loves choose-your-gender bathrooms — and by the shifting demographics that will make minorities the majority by midcentury" from today's NYT - (Roger Cohen.)

Where do we go from here? Maybe Trump knows. We'll soon find out. One thing's for certain "business as usual" is not an option.


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