The new White House resident Donald Trump, as a presidential candidate, characterized many situations facing the Republic as "bad, bad, bad". He was successful in evoking support from many rural voters who believed the description of current affairs.
However, it is now explicitly clear that things were never bad. There were good, good, good - the unemployment rate fell consistently since 2008, the economy recovered and was prospering, every American had access to health care, there were no foreign attacks upon North American soils and people, politicians and the media spoke openly and candidly without fear of reprisals. That was America under the stewardship of the rational, learned and even-keeled President Barack Obama.
Today, affairs are souring in the Republic: altered rules in the national legislature have silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; alternative facts(lies) are being spread to create fear and to justify the agenda of a few; the rights of aliens and visitors are under pressure from Executive Orders; the once global haven for humanity, away from conflicts and persecutions, is now quickly closing; people bent on tearing down agencies of the federal government are now in charge of those departments; and worse yet, it is only February - 19-days into a new administration in Washington, DC.
The era of altered rules, alternative facts and attacks upon rights must be a short one, if not, then, the Republic as it has been known, will not survive in tact to carry out its historical function as a beacon for democracy, a tranquil land for immigrants and the home of the free and the brave under the rules of law.