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Election over civil war in America not likely democracy is safe

Democracy is safeIn the days leading up to the election I avoided social media. I was really tired of hearing about Clinton and Trump. Even watching sporting events became an endless barrage of political commercials that had me turning off the television.

After cruising some online forums and reading Facebook rants,  I offer some thoughts of my own on the aftermath of election 2016.

People protesting democracy?

On one forum someone asked, "Why people are protesting democracy?"  I answered by asking my own questions. "Are people protesting democracy?  Or are people protesting because of democracy?"

Then I offered this quote by Hubert Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United States, Address to the National Student Council, 1965:   "I wish to suggest that ample opportunity does exist for dissent, for protest, and for nonconformity. But I must also say that the right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."

Protests will lead to civil war?

Another comment I saw a few times is that the protests would lead to civil war. Protests seldom do much in the long run because real change takes work. Look around at all the Facebook memes, this is a world of quick and easy answers.

I hear a lot of people making noise today about how the system is broken. The same arguments were made after Bush v. Gore in 2000. Ask your average American who is upset today what they remember about Bush v. Gore in 2000.

How many people complaining have ever been to a town council meeting?  Have asked for a meeting with their state representative to share their views? Have gone to a committee meeting of their local Democratic or Republic party to ask how they can make change happen?

If you think something is broken, you need to do more than complain about it. You need to find the answers to how can you fix it.

Giving the finger to the elite?

Many memories to share from Pittsburgh to Detroit Road Trip 2016

Photo by Tom Peracchio taken at Henry Ford Greenfield Village Dearborn Michigan October 2016.As I began planning a weekend excursion to a Pittsburgh Steelers football game, it slowly morphed into a Pittsburgh to Detroit road trip. It was fun to tell people, yes, I am going on vacation to two great American cities, Pittsburgh and Detroit. Some people gave me a surprised look, as they asked, you want to go to Pittsburgh and Detroit?  Hell yea! They are my two favorite American Cities!

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I have been going to Pittsburgh on a regular basis for sporting events and concerts for decades. We usually take in some local attraction there while in the area.  To those who ask me, what the heck is there to do in Pittsburgh, I can say every time we go to "the 'Burgh" we always find something to do, and often visit something we have never seen before.

The Frick history complex

Back in March, on our way to see the Penguins play, we embraced a little geek history with a visit the Westinghouse Castle in Wilmerding.  On this visit, we stopped to visit the Frick Art and Historical Center.  Henry Clay Frick was a rich industrialist from the early twentieth century hanging out with the powers of his day like Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon. Walking through the Frick history complex gives you an understanding of just how rich these guys were.

The Frick complex includes the restored  mansion known as Clayton, The Frick Art Museum, The Café, the Greenhouse, and The Car and Carriage Museum.  The Café looked pretty nice, but we did not go into it. We arrived in the area late in the day and I wanted to check out The Car and Carriage Museum, not very large but a nice collection of very rare vehicles. Worth stopping by if you are in the Burgh.

One of the reasons I wanted to check out The Car and Carriage Museum at the Frick was to get some automotive technology photos for another new project, a geek history site focusing on automotive invention and innovation.

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