Three short passages.  By all means read and understand the columns from which I lifted them.

First, Peggy Noonan.  "My country is in trouble ... You’ll feel better the next day, I promise, but you won’t be able to tell yourself that this is history as usual anymore. This is big, what we’re living through."

Next, Glenn "Insta Pundit" Reynolds.  "Our society isn’t likely to face a collapse like Rome’s — as Tainter notes, everything now is global. But institutions within it are still at risk from politicians’ tendency to skim off benefits for themselves and their cronies while putting the price off into the future."

Finally, Reason's Nick Gillespie.
Things may well have to get worse before they get better and I'm not exactly a burn-it-down-to-the-ground sort of character, but there are few things less worth doing than eking out another status-quo day knowing you really need fundamental change to move into a better future.  A president from a party with which fewer than 30 percent of Americans identify who wins an election with less than 50 percent of the vote will not be much of a threat. But a Trump-Clinton election that is a live version of that South Park episode just may be the start of a newer, better America.
'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.  But resetting the full saecular order is messy and might not turn out as anyone would expect.

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