The Forgotten Precedent for Our ‘Unprecedented’ Political Insanity — Jon Grinspan at Politico: “… in the years between the Civil War and the turn of the 20th century, U.S. politics was far more unruly, violent and corrupt than it’s been before or since, for politicians and ordinary Americans alike. It was a period of mass participation, but also mass outrage. Even as millions turned out to vote, march and fight, many agreed with the populist newspaper the Nonconformist when it grumbled, ‘we are the worst governed country on the face of the earth.’”