homersapien 9,736 Posted December 17, 2014 Share Posted December 17, 2014 Excellent essay. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-samuelson-scoring-points-in-washington-has-trumped-governing/2014/11/16/886e2cd4-6c1f-11e4-a31c-77759fc1eacc_story.html "......Our political culture increasingly values symbolism over substance. That’s what I mean by Americans favoring “self-serving fictions.” Political behavior is shaped by beliefs that are false and goals so impractical as to be unobtainable. But the symbolism has consequences because it inspires feel-good agendas that elected leaders are expected to achieve. When they predictably fail, popular disillusion deepens. The dynamic works on both left and right. We cannot govern, it seems, because ideological fervor crowds out pragmatic realism....." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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