Our system depends on citizens making discriminating choices on politicians and issues. You want to educate yourself, which includes talking with people whose opinions differ from yours. The world is complex, even at the neighborhood level, and to be effective we need to understand it.
The Founders established a government that has the capacity to reform and renew itself, because its institutions rest on the political involvement of our citizens. To its core, our republic rejects autocratic political leadership and authoritarianism.
Leaders of this frustratingly unproductive Congress must let the full House and Senate work their wills on issues of most concern to Americans.
Politics is our vehicle for reconciling the tensions, diversity and differences among us that are bound to arise as we tackle enormously difficult challenges.
Journalists must give citizens the solid, accurate and fair information they need to make good judgments about politicians and policy. And citizens need to conscientiously follow reliable, fact-oriented media — not just a single source, either, because none has a monopoly on the truth.
Washington politicians give lip service to debt and deficit reduction, but for the most part, each party is trying to blame the other. A problem of this duration, severity and complexity is not going to be solved without a bipartisan approach.
Americans disagree with one another on all kinds of issues. We need to accept and tolerate those differences, because we are far stronger when we seek to reconcile them rather than ignore or exacerbate them.