|THE CHANNEL IS FINALLY FREEZING|
|THE PENDULUM ALWAYS SWINGS|
Wednesday, 8:30 AM. 4 degrees F at the ferry dock and on the back porch. Wind NW, light. The sky is mostly cloudy, the humidity 79%. The barometer is at 30.2" and rising slightly. Snow showers are predicted for later this morning.
The route of the ferry has provided an opportunity for melting and wave action to keep much of the channel open until now, but the current cold snap is building a lot more ice, and although the path of the ferry is still evident things clearly froze over a lot last night. Now I suppose the thin ice will entice a lot of fishermen out onto it, let's hope there are no serious accidents (a number of pickups have gone through the ice on the lower bay near Ashland, I am told).
The big political news out of New Hampshire this morning for the Republicans is that Donald Trump won big, with Kasich a distant second and everyone else bunched up behind. This is also big news for the race ahead for the Presidency and for the country.
Having participated in national elections since the Nixon-Kennedy years I can attest to the fact that the political pendulum always swings back and forth, and the further it swings to the left one cycle the further it will swing to the right the next.
Trump is the exact opposite of Obama, and the excesses of the left will automatically lead to triumph, if not to excess, on the right. Luckily for us as a nation, up to now the constitution has damped excesses in both directions. That is the primary function of the constitution, with its wise provisions for divided, limited and balanced governance at every level.
Humans are imperfect, impatient and very unwise. And, yes, often evil . The Founding Fathers knew this very well, and recognized their own weaknesses and evils when establishing the new order. It has worked well up to this point.
Let us keep the faith.