The easiest thing in the world is just to go with the flow. Just do what you're told. But if 700,000 people choose you to be their Representative, their only Representative, and they're depending on you, then they deserve more than that.
Washington is an island drowning in its own self-interest, surrounded by a hurting and unhappy nation of deeply patriotic citizens who hunger for shared national purpose but find our politics to be sickening, insulting and corrupted.
There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.
Instead of talking like adults, baby boomer politicians are whining like the "me generation" they are part of. They continue to focus on getting reelected rather than solving enduring problems for the public good.
Should we exert force abroad for the national interest? (And how do we define national interest?) When and where should we use force for a humanitarian cause? Or should the U.S. withdraw from the international theater to focus on challenges at home?
While the primary blame for abuse and misdeed against women lies with the perpetrators themselves, we should look next at the good men who say nothing. It's time for good men to hold accountable those who abuse women.