I was reading a paper sent to me by a member of our Center’s National Advisory Board, and was struck by the following paragraph:
Democratic modes of association are not given by nature; on this the historical record could not be clearer. Rather, they are built, and much of the construction work is done by people who share an understanding of what kind of polity they are trying to create. These people are not born grasping the difficult political principles of limited government, civil rights and liberties, toleration and equality before the law. These are social, moral and cognitive achievements.
Those “social, moral and cognitive achievements” are missing from the zealots who are currently holding Congress–and the American government–hostage.
We ordinary Americans will bear the brunt of their absence.