It seems that both major political parties are unable to cope with any form of reality. Both cannot solve the nation’s problems or in fact make any kind of intelligent decisions. These are bad times. People are short of jobs, money and hope. I share this malaise. I’ve thought about this and I have come to a decision. For thousands of years, people have lived through terrible times, many have died but the rest persevered and through luck or work or intelligence, we go on. Whatever is going on in the larger society, I still have my duty to my students and my duty to myself and my country.