During the election I was tuning out the news and reading Shakespeare’s Histories. The Bastard’s comment (King John, 4.3) is a fair synopsis:
The life, the right, and truth of all this realm
Is fled to heaven, and England now is left
To tug and scramble, and to part by th’ teeth
The unowed interest of proud swelling state.
History as a succession of thefts, destructions and murders perpetrated by squabbles between aristocratic nincompoops, ham actors, lunatics, swindlers, …. The Tragedies present the dead-ends of the individual, the Histories present those of the community. Perhaps the solace—if any—is in the Comedies.