My wife would say I lack sensitivity, but dammit Mick, I can't count the times you have brought me to tears with your posts. Beautifully said, my friend.
I am certain that many of us are reflecting on the degree of change that has taken place, culminating in Obama's decided victory. For me, I look back to going to a Toddler House (restaurant) with 3 other buds when I was in the Army in South Carolina - 1968. We were seated....3 of us with place settings, but Jim's was replaced with plastic and paper. We left immediately. As much as things have changed, there is still too much of such thinking still around.