This blog is to explain what is going on in American politics. As Pierre Trudeau, former prime minister of Canada and father of now prime minister Justin Trudeau, said, “Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.” (translation of the French). However, unlike most academics, I highly disagree with the “American exceptionalism” thesis. I hope that for the readers of this blog, they can get a sense of American opinion, and maybe Americans can seem less like loud, ignorant demons, and more human.