It's hard to dispute the commonly held opinion that our politics in the US are
damaged, deranged and dysfunctional. Civility and bipartisan cooperation have
gone the way of the dodo bird; regional and racial differences seem worse than
ever; and the quality of candidates on both sides of the aisle seems to deteriorate
more and more every year. Recently public opinion ratings of our senators and
representatives have been anchored in the single digits. President Obama's ratings,
although considerably higher than those of Congress, are also abysmally low.
One of the major results of this phenomenon is an unprecedented lack of
action on a huge variety of issues and problems. Time and time again the
underlying friction between the major US political parties makes any action
an impossible goal. And it's
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