I was speaking to my sister the other day and we commented on the next three years as being dismal due to the presidential situation. I reminded her that although the next two years will be dismal the third one will be worse. The whole year before an election is now filled with solid mud slinging and negative campaigning. Every four years they start earlier with the TV and newspapers, a constant bombardment of mostly bullshit. The rhetoric gets more vituperative and nasty each time, too. I mean, is there anything a politician hesitates to say about their opponent? I think not. What can the average person do to fight back? Hard to say. The whole system seems to be getting more and more dysfunctional. I dread the election but it's the only way to get rid of Shrub, so I'm bracing myself for it!