Here in the capital of indecision – where even before the polling stations closed Nov. 3 it seemed possible, even likely, that agitation would mix with litigation – the way forward for America is, as it is everywhere else, muddled. Only here it is more so.

Even after more than 160 million people voted – a figure that is about a fifth of the population of the entire world when the Constitution was written – many questions remain unanswered, many aspects of our public life are unsettled, many political matters are unresolved, many aspects of our social and cultural lives are uncertain.

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