Category Archives: Moderation in government

“How American Politics Went Insane”

That’s the title of an insightful article by Jonathan Rauch in the July/August 2016 issue of The Atlantic. Mr. Rauch contends that a leading cause of the dysfunction of American politics and government is the well-intended reforms that dismantled much of the informal machinery … Continue reading

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Seesaw Politics and the 2014 Midterms

Americans are now living in an era of seesaw politics, in which each election is, to a large degree, a backlash against the results of the previous one. The 2010 “shellacking” suffered by the Democrats came in response to the wave elections that … Continue reading

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Eisenhower on Moderation in Government

  From a letter that  President Eisenhower penned to his brother, Edgar Newton Eisenhower, on 8 November 1954: Now it is true that I believe this country is following a dangerous trend when it permits too great a degree of … Continue reading

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