As most everyone should know (at least avid readers over a certain age), Gone With the Wind was Margaret Mitchell’s epic masterpiece about life in the South before, during, and after the Civil War. (If you haven’t read the book, please do so. There is so much more to the book than the movie!)

 

As most everyone should know (at least avid readers over a certain age), Gone With the Wind was Margaret Mitchell’s epic masterpiece about life in the South before, during, and after the Civil War. (If you haven’t read the book, please do so. There is so much more to the book than the movie!)

The union of the United States was sorely tested during the Civil War. Divisions in the country began to arise as early as the 1820s, grew throughout the mid 1800s, and came to a head with the beginning of the Civil War.

The country was polarized: it was North versus South and the divisions ran deep. Upon the South’s secession, many in the North argued to let them go.

One man, the Republican President from Illinois, Abe Lincoln, believed that the preservation of the Union was of paramount importance. President Lincoln and the North faced many early defeats, but the effort to preserve the Union was ultimately successful.

The pre-Civil War way of life in the South was indeed, gone with the wind.

With the mid-term elections of 2018 over, Americans have a simple choice: to come together and work together to make this country a better place for everyone, or to continue on the path of division, fear, and hate that has marked the last two years.

Politics doesn’t have to be a dirty game. Politics can and should be civil. The current polarization of politics is splitting the country in two.

Will things change after this election? That remains to be seen.

After taking the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democrats will provide a check on the power of the presidency. The House controls the purse, so to speak, and that is a lot of power.

On the other hand, Republicans increased their grip on the senate by gaining a larger number of seats, and that is a lot of power.

We still have a president who has shown contempt for the rule of law, and contempt for the Constitution itself, believing he can change a constitutional amendment with the mere stroke of a pen.

Where will all of this lead? Your guess is as good as mine.

It can be hoped that all three branches of government will come together and work for the benefit of the American People. With insane amounts of corporate money and entrenched ideologies, it is doubtful that will happen.

Perhaps we can hope for a return to a more civil tone in American political discourse. Perhaps....

On Tuesday I tweeted (I can’t believe I just wrote that): “Instead of projecting the winners of this year’s mid-term elections, I am going out on a limb to project the losers. The biggest losers of this year’s mid-terms are... (drum roll)... (wait for it)... The biggest losers are the American People!!!”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think anything was “won.” I hope I am wrong, but I can’t help but feel that the America before Donald Trump truly is gone with the wind.