Yes, sometimes the hard left can be as frustrating as the hard right, especially at the practical level. But clearly at the big picture level the Republicans have always apposed modern programs that are a benefit for average folks, and by applying techniques that appeal to base tribal impulses the GOP has caused millions of average folks to vote against their own best interests. Trump took these dastardly xenophobic appealing techniques to a whole new level. And here we are gridlocked because 40% of the electorate thought it might be cute to blow up the national, democratic government.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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