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In a great piece on Salon, Michael Lind lays out his idea that America has lived through several distinct periods, or Republics, with Barack Obama now leading us out of the last one (emphasis mine);
George W. Bush was not only the final president of the Jeffersonian backlash period of Roosevelt's Third Republic, but the last president of the 1932-2004 Third Republic itself. The final president of a republic tends to be a failed, despised figure. The First Republic, which began with George Washington, ended with James Buchanan, a hapless president who refused to act as the South seceded after Lincoln's election. The Second Republic, which began with Abraham Lincoln, ended with the well-meaning but reviled and ineffectual Herbert Hoover. The Third Republic, founded by Franklin Roosevelt, came to a miserable end under the pathetic George W. Bush.
Similar to my theory on the probable death of the Republican party, only better! I've often said that a big change was coming, maybe even a realignment election. Was this the one? Will America ever be the same?

More importantly, does anyone even want it to stay the same?
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