I had an outstanding high school English teacher, Robert W. Tighe, who was full of worldly wisdom as well as being erudite. He was a World War II veteran and was a man of few illusions.
He told a story once – I think it was about the Kennedy-Nixon election in 1960.
Mr. Tighe said that on the day after the election, the teaching staff were in the teachers’ room (no doubt, smoking furiously, as was the custom then) and were discussing the election. He said about half of them were happy and the other half were extremely depressed, rueful, with their heads in their hands; gnashing their teeth, so to speak.
The teachers on the “losing” side were beside themselves with despair. “The country is going to the dogs,” they said.
“The situation wasn’t really that bad,” Mr. Tighe, told us. “Nothing really changed.”
It seems it never really does.
— Roger W. Smith
November 9, 2016