There are many things to be learned by the nation's most recent presidential election; some new; some old.
In some ways, this election marked a new page in history, and as such, has had impacts and influences that were quite unprecedented.
In other ways, this election is an exercise in continuity, as the administration, like the 2006 congressional elections before it, strove mightily to reassure the wealthy and well-to-do that nothing essential would change, and their interests would be protected.
And while President Barack H. Obama ran on the promise of change, he has adopted some of the same policies of the Bush administration.
He will not release photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating, abusing, torturing and/or humiliating foreign prisoners and detainees.
He will continue the military commissions begun under the Bush-Cheney regime, albeit with some procedural changes.
And several of the so-called 'black sites', secret prisons placed around the world and administered by the CIA, will keep right on humming.
And, of course, he will continue to prosecute the wars begun and waged under the previous administration; though it appears Afghanistan will garner the lion's share of White House attention.
Boy, what a difference an election makes.
Or, put quite another way, running for an office is worlds away from getting it.
The fact of the matter is the previous administration comprised perhaps the greatest collection of rogues, scoundrels and corporate criminals since the time of Herbert Hoover, but it matters not.
No matter what crimes were committed, no matter how badly the Constitution was shredded, no matter how many 'black suites' or Guantanamo's, they know that they are immune.
Their impeachment argument was 'off the table'--now, any real prosecutions are. Why? Because that's politics.
There's a French saying: "Plus ca change...." "The more things change, the more they stay the same."