It's one thing to live among a populace that sees someone across an ocean as your enemy, it's another thing entirely to know that there's a 50% chance that every person you see day to day would be more than happy to use the government to crush you and take your stuff and give it to them, and are too damned stupid to realize that such action will eventually crush them as well.I'm not so sure about that last. One data point doesn't necessarily indicate a trend. It can hint at one, or more or less fit the current curve. One would be cause for - dare I say - hope, the other would crush it.
November of 2010 will be the final proving ground.
I'm expecting November to be a mediocre helping of "meh," but that's better than "damn the torpedos, FULL SPEED AHEAD!" Right now, eternal gridlock looks to be the best we can hope for.
And saying that's a good thing tells you how deep in the sh!t we really are.