There are moments when words fail.
I sometimes feel as if I literally watching the end of the world as I know it slowly unfold before my eyes. Kind of a bold statement, I know. So how do I come by it?
No matter who wins the upcoming election, it will be someone whom, upon arriving in office, bears 40-50% of the population against them. That is right out of the gate. And that is with four years left for the individual in office.
One of the novel concepts (at least novel to me) that the Declaration of Independence introduced was the concept of "The Consent of The Governed", that governments exist because those they govern have given them implicit permission to govern. And, states the Declaration of Independence, if the consent is removed, "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter o abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying it foundations on such principles and organizing its power is such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
So we enter a time where half of the country effectively dislikes the agenda of the other half of the country and the elected leader that represents it. Add to this an atmosphere which is as polarized as I can remember, and what do you come up with?
I do not know that there is an "America" to speak of anymore. Oh, it is a place on the map, and we have certain symbols of it, but I would propose we have very little left uniting us anymore. And I think an argument could be made - even by mutually opposing groups - that their "Safety and Happiness" is not longer effected.
And if we truly uphold our founding documents, can we really say that changing form of the government if the consent of the governed is truly withdrawn is really wrong?