Riots and near-riots over the election of Donald Trump? --Don't come to me about Barack Obama having received the most hostile reactions of any President-elect, okay?
I happen to think dissent is a good thing, no matter which party's candidate wins and no matter where that individual's ancestors hailed from. Presidents ought to be questioned, checked, fact-checked, their trash dug through and they should receive vociferous disagreement from people with differing notions. It keeps 'em honest, or as honest as politicians get.
For that matter, if you agree with the winner, hold his feet to fire to pay off on his actual campaign promises. Tam just now remarked there was much rejoicing in the editorial offices she gets paid from. Now the associated political-action groups are looking to the incoming class of legislators to come though on their issues -- and to the President as well, though as I have to keep pointing out, U. S. Presidents don't make laws.* (They do, however, veto them, though I think they do so far too rarely.)
We didn't elect a King and his Royal Advisors; we elected a big-talking business mogul to the office previously held by a haberdasher, college professors, sons of privilege, small-time lawyers, would-be Supreme Court Justices (look it up) and engineers. We're gonna make him live over the store and he'll be on call 24/7/365. We also elected members of two of the oldest cut-from-whole-cloth deliberative bodies in the world.† In 2017, they'll roll up their sleeves and go to work. Do you intend to let them do so without proper supervision?
* Yes, yes, Executive Orders, blah, blah, blah. They can do some things. It's really not so much, and liable to get slapped down by the other two branches of the fed.gov if they try to go too far.
† A mere babe in arms compared to the Isle of Man's Tynwald, Iceland's Althing, and several other Scandanavian legislative assemblies; even the UK's Parliament dates back to the 13th Century. But they evolved; ours came about like Athena from the head of Zeus, and has endured. Most don't.
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