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Democracy trumps extremism in USA

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US President Donald Trump walks away after a media statement. Photo: Getty Images

The much-anticipated American mid-term elections have finally passed, and with them, perhaps, some of the hyperbole that has dogged American politics for the last two years.

Since well before the Civil War America has arguably been too big, too divided and too disparate in opinions to remain a single entity. Yet somehow, in the 153 years since that war ended, the country has never again resorted to civil war to sort out its differences. The Jim Crow era of obscene injustice was followed by battles not of soldiers and cannons, but of principles, activism and legislation. That the death of Martin Luther King Junior in 1968 galvanised the country is testament to how much change had occurred over the preceding years.

Nor did the Vietnam War, Watergate, or the contentious Obamacare rollout bring the country to its knees. Yet, based on the majority of media reports and commentaries of........

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