As I slowly surfaced from the pit of depression and self-pity that I stumbled into on election night, I came across an essay by Paul Thomas, an associate professor at Furman University. His thoughts caught me in mid-howl over the unrighteousness of the President-elect. He pulled the rug out from under words I was using such as–unprecedented. The line that stopped me dead in my tracks was: “Donald Trump is the best and most accurate personification of who the US currently is, but also the embodiment of who we have always been.” That knocked the wind out of me, but as I struggle to catch my breath, I am reluctantly coming to see that he’s right. You can read his essay here: https://medium.com/@plthomasedd/the-inevitable-rise-of-trumplandia-market-ideology-ate-our-democracy-98fe85fd4967#.sacynoyg6. If we all end up agreeing that we had it scoped wrong, we can start talking about how to get it right.