The Republican party has, and will, continue to stymie anything the Democrats put forward, regardless of who wins the presidency. Based on history, forced opposition in the House and Senate is a GOP mandate. It really has nothing to do with Hillery Clinton or Donald Trump becoming president. Neither will change the current mentality, save a world war, which seems to be the only time the U.S. government, at all levels, comes together. Even during WWII, FDR faced resistance, forcing him to go to the electorate to essentially get “the crowd behind him.” The “Fireside Chats” was a tactic and a superb one. Congress simply couldn’t ignore the growing public support FDR received. I’m surprised this same tactic hasn’t been used since, although I realize FDR was dealing with extreme immediate pressures affecting the whole Free World. What he did very well, however — and I see it at times with Obama — is explain to the public exactly what’s at stake. Back in the 40s, it was a world conflict. Today, it’s an internal conflict, but equally damaging. When gross GDP is barely rising above one percent, the country is now eating away at its own muscle. This is a direct result of Republican tactics to render any Democrat initiatives useless. Winning more seats in the House and Senate will help Clinton if she’s elected, but it won’t stop Republicans from preventing bills from passing, using whatever tactics necessary. And if Trump’s elected, surely even he must understand that all his talk and bravado isn’t going to amount to much in a deadlocked Congress. The U.S. isn’t in a presidential fight. It’s in a complete power struggle at all levels of government. Interesting that when Trump was asked if he’d accept the election results, he said, “We’ll see.” The was the first time he was truly following Republican party lines. Neither he nor the GOP intend to concede anything, win or lose, meaning this election won’t change anything.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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