Might as well call it: We’re about to endure one of the ugliest elections in American history.
Granted, we’ve only been around for sixty years of it, so we might be giving undue weight to the present, which, unlike the past, is always uncertain. And granted as well, the 1860 election had certain consequences that we’re not facing. Yet.
Funny thing about the Civil War: It broke out five weeks after Lincoln’s inauguration, and ended—
See, that’s the funny thing. It hasn’t.