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We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing.
It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But it’s my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.
In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities.
The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?