The common good, a divided nation we face in election

There was a moment during President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address that spoke volumes about the state of our government. The president said he would like to work with Congress, but he made it clear he was not about to let mere legislators impede his policy ambitions. “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I'm going to do,” he said. You might have expected members of Congress to rise up en masse to protest this usurpation of their authority. But Democrats in the House chamber gave that line a standing ovation, cheering Obama’s plan to make their branch of government, and them, as irrelevant as he possibly could.


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