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Thursday, February 9, 2017

System under stress test

The American political system is experiencing a stress test that might be compared to a nuclear meltdown. The Nation has been here before at the time of the Civil War. States seceded to preserve their degree of racial discrimination that was manifest in the institution of slavery. They used State's Rights as justification, believing that State's could set their own marks on freedom and liberty for all.

Violent warfare pitted the assembly of states into the Federalists versus the Confederation. Had the outcome been any different, one an only conjecture the possibilities.

Driven by the shared desire for unity, and renewed commitment to the US Constitution, the United States of America emerged again. Being a young nation, inventing a democratic republic, the people and their government continued to evolve. Abandoning discriminatory behavior and old ways doesn't happen overnight. It takes generations. To this day, there remain laggard states and communities, where education, intellect, and economic development falter.

Against this backdrop of American reality, each citizen, no matter their degree of preparedness, and no matter their intelligence and cultural upbringing possess the same power to select and elect their representatives.

On that note, governing America is on the average. That is, we may strive for the best while being constrained by our lowest common denominator.

The incumbent President and Congress are demonstrating extreme tendencies away from the middle of America to a branch of conservatism that is not aligned with the majority. The tension is building between the forces. Only the rule of law can prevent the system for breaking into violent deterioration.

Lunch is being served by the President.

“Trump to Meet Red State Dem Senators for Thursday Lunch
Image: Trump to Meet Red State Dem Senators for Thursday Lunch
(MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) 
By Theodore Bunker | Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 12:46 PM 
President Donald Trump has invited a group of Democratic senators from largely Republican states to join him in the White House for lunch Thursday, in a likely attempt to make inroads with the opposition party, according to USA Today. 
Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly received the invitation on Tuesday, just after the contentious confirmation of Trump's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. USA Today received confirmation of the invitations from three congressional aides and one White House official, who said several Republicans were also invited.”

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