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Yes Donald Trump is an embarrassment to the whole world. It's not only many Americans that cringe at his every move, but also just about the whole world except Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel and maybe a couple of lesser known countries. We understand how we mistakenly elected a con man, who played to our emotions instead of our intellect. He will not last his four years, or if he does, he will not be re-elected.
However, this is not so much a testament to our constitutional form of democracy, but rather our loss of caring -- taking for granted our democracy instead of participating in it. If Democrats had voted intelligently and in a big way we would not have had Donald Trump as president or George W. Bush or Ronald Reagan. We would not have the current conservative make-up of the Supreme Court and their many 5-4 votes favoring the rich and powerful. Instead we would have more equitable laws on campaign finance, taxes and social issues.
Yes we can decry the gerrymandering and voter suppression, but those happen because over many years we let it happen by not taking an interest in government and not voting. It is not our system of government that has failed us. It is us -- the non-voter and the protest voter who put George Bush in office and put Donald Trump in office and put so many Republicans in Congress.
I have looked at voter turn-out in crucial states and lament the fact that more Democrats just didn't vote or voted stupidly in general elections, especially midterms. Maybe the 2018 election is a sign the tide is shifting with the many crimes of the Trump presidency; maybe Democrats can force a course correction. I think for that to really happen in the long run though, justice needs to be served, and Donald Trump and his many cronies have to be seen wearing their orange jump suits in jail. Otherwise cynicism will prevail and people will continue to go fishing on election day.