Instead of legislation aimed at reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States, some leaders of the incoming GOP majority have called for McCarthy-style hearings going after leading climate change scientists.
We want, it seems, to have a smaller, cheaper government that still fully funds everything that benefits us personally. This desire represents a profound and national spiritual failing that cuts across party lines and religious groupings at the same time.
As he negotiates with Republicans going forward, President Obama must not forget about his left flank. Re-engaging with his grassroots base, in a real and meaningful way would be a good place to start.