At the risk of sounding like an anarchist, it has long struck me that respect for authority and contempt for authority are a hair apart.

This is especially true in the election season, as these things depend entirely on whose “side” (a term I use reluctantly) one is on.

The funny thing is that when I was a kid, losers respected (if begrudgingly) the authority of the winners. It’s hard to imagine such a thing now that basic civics has become obsolete.

Of course, now that authority is everything, who needs civics lessons?

I worry that what was once appreciated as “the balance of power” (aka “gridlock”) will be threatened.

Hopefully not by force.