As the presidential election season continues to break upon us like some poor pebble trapped beneath the onrushing torrent of Niagara Falls we can find comfort in one fact: We are not alone. Throughout our history as a nation the macabre circus that surrounds elections has been withstood by many previous generations. In this we can surely take heart and march to the finish line. If you for some reason find yourself in the political doldrums where you can’t possibly see how it could have ever been worse and doubt my sage here is a sampling of political cartoons from 1844 to 1860. Sound familiar?