At the risk of seeming to hang crepe, that distant sound is, I suspect, the death knell for our great social experiment.
Alexis de Toqueville warned about the consequences when the electorate discovers the ability to use their vote to raid the public coffers.
Is there a statistical correlation between the number of people receiving some sort of public assistance (approx. 50 percent) and the number who voted for a encore performance of four more years (also 50 percent)? Did the prevailing party buy the election with taxpayers money? Somethings in life are just immediately obvious.