As the Republican and Democratic caucuses gear up and cast votes, the Presidential race is starting to look like a test of the American public. A social experiment of values: progressive candidate vs traditional. My vote has not been cast yet, but it looks like much of the Republican party is radicalizing around freedom of speech – the offensive type, and, the Democratic Party, a progressive stance of women/social achievement. While I would prefer a safer option for the GOP and a less progressive stance from the Democrats, this race is exposing some deep seated scars that the United States has hid for years – e.g. a k k k rally in Orange County, Mexican/American relations, woman’s equality, Hollywood’s influence on everything, toupees, and more. While these issues have been dealt with through the years, it looks like there is some troweling that will bring these items to light again. In the meantime, the U.S. still has not fully recovered from the financial crisis of 2008, which leaves the next President having to build on a steady but not solid foundation. How will this change the dynamics of our international relations – the two candidates will have heavy influence on trade, embargoes, travel, currency value, even the amount of respect the highest political office in the world has.