These days, it is common to express anger and frustration over D.C. politics. After all, the government shutdown and the debt ceiling outcomes will have real consequences for American households and businesses. Moreover, the tone of the debate hardly offers great examples of high-minded rhetoric that fills history books.
Still, anger and frustration by voters simply won’t do. It is intellectually lazy, cowardly and un-American to wish that everyone should settle their argument like this in a school playground. We have not had a federal budget since 2009; and a bad budget deal will hurt us all, Democrats and Republicans, perhaps dramatically, perhaps for decades to come.
Surely everyone knows that the mechanism and tension of this debate was designed by the Founders. What is happening in D.C. today would be recognizable to James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.
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