America Deadlocked

Before America’s polarized presidential election, impassioned appeals across the political spectrum could be fairly summarized by the words of Woody Allen: “We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice.”

Any hope for a clear, decisive outcome was dashed last night. Instead we got razor-thin margins in several states that throw undue weight on late mail-in ballots and stoke concerns over vote-rigging. Now comes the tooth-and-claw legal and political wrangling that, whatever the outcome, is guaranteed to leave half the nation feeling cheated and angry.

It fuels national hatreds that have already been flaring in the early stages of civil war. Regardless of who wins, this election has exposed how divided these “united” states are. It has revealed a nation deadlocked by our differences. The presidency is a toss-up. Congress remains split between a Republican-led Senate and a Democrat-controlled House, except with even slimmer majorities. The political composition of both chambers shifted further to the extremes.

Read more at America Deadlocked by Division

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