November 8, 2016 will be remembered as a day that ratified and accelerated a period of traumatic turbulence across our country. For the overly analytic, the foundations for that turbulence were put in place in 2000 when the Bush/Gore results were contested before the Supreme Court. For many, the “hanging chad” election set off a period of extreme partisanship and discord in DC politics that continues to rock government institutions today.
Add in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, on-going controversial wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, a crippling recession, advancing economic inequality, and escalating racism and religious persecution and you have a nasty witches brew. Some causes, some effects, but all potentially deadly to democracy.
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