01 July 2020

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Why representative democracy matters

Why representative democracy matters


During the last few years, the health of American democracy has come under great scrutiny. Polling routinely shows that Americans are concerned that d...
29 June 2020

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Exceptional? Only if we get to work

Exceptional? Only if we get to work


Like most Americans, I have always considered the United States an exceptional country. We possess a political system built on checks and balances, an...
26 June 2020

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Worrisome trends affecting representative democracy

Worrisome trends affecting representative democracy


We’ve seen plenty of evidence lately of the deep polarization in this country. Even in the midst of this crisis, national politicians, the political...
20 May 2020

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How Congress has changed

How Congress has changed


If you feel like Congress has become less productive, less functional and more partisan, you’re right. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how i...
13 May 2020

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What Congress represents

What Congress represents


In one of the U.S. Capitol hallways that House members pass through regularly to get to the chambers, there’s an inscription of a comment by Alexand...
06 May 2020

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What makes a successful politician?

What makes a successful politician?


One of the intriguing features of the novel coronavirus pandemic is how sharply it has illuminated the importance of effective political leadership. W...
22 April 2020

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Can Congress make democratic governance work?

Can Congress make democratic governance work?


This is a time of great testing for Congress. As it considers responses to the nation’s health and economic crises, it faces close scrutiny by ordin...
11 March 2020

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Leadership matters

Leadership matters


At the time of the American Revolution, the future United States was a small, colonial backwater on the world stage. There were an estimated two milli...
04 March 2020

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Without civility, system doesn’t work

Without civility, system doesn’t work


When he was just a young teenage schoolboy, George Washington sat down and copied out 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior.” Many of these...
22 January 2020

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Fixing system up to everyone

Fixing system up to everyone


You know these words, but how often do you stop to think about them? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, est...