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11/30/2016 09:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Final Solution: The Sunny Side Of A Republican-Controlled Congress

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If those who wanted Hillary to win had gotten what they wished for, they would have simply gone back to everyday life, with its petty insults, snubs and petty defeats. Now they are bonded together against the threat to all the things they hold dear whether it be the Supreme Court, the dream of universal health care, subsidized college education or globalization. So there's good in the bad. One door closes and another opens. The glass may have been emptied, but it's still half full. There's a sunny side of the street that occurs when you share a struggle with somebody. Soldiers in the trenches all have one thing in common: the adversary. Talk to anyone who attends AA meetings. People have their differences but they're united in one cause which transcends all their other woes, the desire to stop drinking. "Our primary purpose it to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety," reads the AA preamble. So now that the initial shock has passed and Democrats face the depressing reality of a Republican controlled congress and executive, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and that rests in the prospect of comradery with fellow sufferers. Instead of hatred and frustration why not enjoy the strength that can come in unity? It's one of the reasons people like to congregate at houses of worship, whether they be temples, churches, mosques or simply sports stadiums or concert venues. "So, let the sun shine in, face it with a grin" or just mediate.

{This was originally posted to The Screaming Pope, Francis Levy's blog of rants and reactions to contemporary politics, art and culture}