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