The most important thing I have learned about civil wars through those experiences is that they tear countries apart, destroy lives, families and economies and that nobody really wins them. Preventing this from happening in this country that, despite all its faults, still offers more freedom and prosperity to more people than any other country in the world is an imperative that will not end even if Clinton wins.
Why are we facing so much ambivalence when so much is at stake? One painful answer is that we have a status quo presidential candidate who seems to be both unexciting and inevitable, while the other is "unpopular" among the intelligentsia and "politically correct" for putting everything we value at risk, including human dignity itself.
I am not unaware of flaws in Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party - problems about transparency, money in politics and political expediency. Okay, they are still human and coming out of the old political models. But there's a lot to celebrate, too, and the nonsense that was spewed about the Democratic Convention - even by admirers - needs to be countered.