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Looking for hope in all the (wrong?) places

Joshua Runyan | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8:15 am

It’s easy to spot revolutions where none exist, which is why claims to see anything beyond mere realignments in historic electoral results must always be treated with a healthy dose of skepticism.

In the last 10 years alone we’ve seen the election of the first black president of the United States, Barack Obama, on a campaign of hope that the pundits told us would usher in a new post-racial world; the takeover two years later of the House of Representatives by Republicans riding a wave of voter anger that, we were led to believe, would prevent any further fly-by-night legislation enacted without any bipartisan support; last year’s election of the first reality television star “non-politician,” President Donald Trump, that many feared represented the death of American politics as we know it; and last week’s stunning performance by Democrats in state races here in Pennsylvania, as well as in neighboring New Jersey and nearby Virginia, that the party says represents the beginning of the people’s taking back government from Trump and the Republicans.

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