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“Democracy’s a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy. As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it’s no longer democracy, is it? It’s something else. It may be an inch away from totalitarianism.” This is a quote of Pulitzer Prize winning Sam Shepard.
I am a big fan of fads. For me, fads provide a good study into a culture's whims and impulses, and highlight where we are psychologically as a nation. Some fads are short-lived even though they spread fast, but some do endure the test of time, if only to lose public enthusiasm slowly. Remember fidget spinners.
To get to Pachea Trail, I cheat: I toss my bike into the back of the Tundra and drive to the end of San Jacinto Ave. From there it is a short ride to Pachea Trail, where San Jacinto dead-ends. First is to cross Stetson Ave., then follow the street DOWN! It’s all fun and games at first, as I zoom by (by the by: this is much more fun than the other kind of ‘zooming’ going on nowadays). However, soon I reach and turn right on Legend Lane and the ‘fun’ begins.
There is an old political quip attributed to former California U.S. Senator Hayakawa. To paraphrase, if a man were drowning 50 feet offshore, a Democrat would throw him 100 feet of rope. A Republican would throw him 25 feet of rope and yell, “I’ll meet you half way.” In both cases, the man drowns.
I learned a very valuable lesson this election year. I was taught by my daughter what makes a hero. I am, what some would call, a know-it-all, and I learned that my daughter had given me that status to such a point that it distorted her own thoughts to fit with mine. This realization and its eventual undoing were an eye-opener for me. This know-it-all fell a tad short of expectations.
In the face of conclusive evidence that he lost, President Donald Trump is claiming "I won." His tweet Monday sought to perpetuate the mathematically impossible and thoroughly debunked myth that he pulled out a victory from the election that definitively chose Democrat Joe Biden as the next president.
I hate to be obstinate (like President Trump), but this election has not formally been called. As of this writing, not ONE state has called the election. In addition, even though the mainstream media is NOT reporting the irregularities that are being found, you can believe there are plenty of irregularities.
As we wait now to see how a Biden administration takes shape, we should review what we learned from this election.
President-elect Joe Biden will inherit a vulnerable economic recovery under threat from a resurgent virus, likely with a divided Congress that will hinder his ability to address the challenges. Yet despite the obstacles, the former vice president and senator will pursue a drastic shift in America's economic policy.
As the never-ending battle over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) returns to a Supreme Court with a strong conservative majority, the future of the law is uncertain.