A lesson I was horrified to learn followed by one even more wrenching. As a schoolkid I understood, and witnessed at least often enough, that getting elected depended on doing a good job governing. With Little Bushie, that changed once and for all — getting elected is all that matters, “governing” is doing whatever you want to do afterwards. Now, with astonishing speed, that state has decayed even further. Screw elections — what matters now is ruling, not winning any sort of consent.