[from Joel] Well, I've had enough. I think that Plato was right. There is an inevitable transformation of democracy into tyranny. Democracy is unstable. This last presidential election seems to have been a turning point. Obama has had more strikes against him than any president preceding him (even Nixon), yet victory ensued. Despite his failings in delivery on campaign promises, abuse of power, incompetence in foreign affairs, slow reaction to emergencies, lack of transparency and open-mike gafs, he pooled his 47% and party loyalists into a victory. Republicans are unlikely in the future to find more favorable opportunity to retake the White House. As Plato pointed out, the general population becomes corrupted by the goodies that they receive and are not likely to vote for a candidate that promises hardship and hard work. I've opted out in the sense that I won't try to convince young people that their future is at risk. Nor does it even make sense to follow the news. Qué sera, sera. I think I'll take up golf and learn to drink good wine while I play my fiddle..