Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house" (Mark 6:4).

Hear the word of the LORD, 0 people of Israel; for the LORD has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land (Hosea 4:1 a).

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, presidential elections prompt Americans to take stock of the state of the nation, and, in particular, the state of democracy: the institutions, conventions, and habits, that is, which allow for representative government, and which-in principal, at least-ground and ensure equal rights and fair treatment. Countless books will be written about the 2016 election, no doubt, and whether it was an aberration or the beginning of a new politics.