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We Need a Different National Conversation

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We Americans lurch, amazed, from one unprecedented political spectacle to another. We get all abuzz:

Golly, look at that Trump phenomenon! Never seen anything like it. Imagine a guy talking with such bluster, such as braggart, playing so fast-and-loose with the truth. And all that making him the front-runner for the presidential nomination of one of America's major political parties!

Hey, can you beat this? The Speaker of the House has resigned, and his successor has backed out, and the guy a lot of them want for the job says no. A powerful position, third in line for the presidency, and these people don't want it? That's a first!

These are but the most recent of a whole string of unprecedented political developments in our times. None of them positive.

The list of these developments reads like a political history of our times.

" A president (Geprge W. Bush) who shows a systematic contempt for the rule of law -- unlike anything ever seen before in an American presidency -- as demonstrated by the torture memo and the pardoning of the only member of the administration tried and convicted for crimes committed;

" A major American political party in Congress (the Republicans) making unprecedented use of blackmail, threatening to damage the nation -- by shutting down the government or defaulting on the nation's debt -- if it does not get its way on matters it lacks the legitimate power to achieve;

" A party in opposition (again, the Republicans) making it their top priority to prevent the president from accomplishing anything -- even at a time of crisis -- resulting in a Congress less productive than any we've seen before;

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