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Tea Party's Embarrassing Irony

06/21/2014 11:20 am ET | Updated Jun 21, 2014

Of U.S. political culture’s many hypocrisies, few are more jarring than Americans’ ambivalence about democracy itself. Truth be told, despite its reputation as “the leader of the free world” and its history as the “arsenal of democracy,” America is a land where democracy is celebrated only in its most abstract and idealized form.

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