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Given the federal government shutdown, another round of bickering over whether to raise the debt ceiling and a general air of dysfunction whipping through Washingtonâ€™s corridors, few can find a sound argument for why our country is great.
Thatâ€™s not because it quit being great, or our history isnâ€™t built on an understood sense of greatness most Americans still recognize. Itâ€™s more because people often shift their junior high civics education to the back burner when our countryâ€™s leaders so thoroughly disappoint us. Therefore we focus more on our governmentâ€™s immediate dysfunction rather than its prevailing and consistent function.
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