There is a startling degree of anger in America right now. Pick an issue and you'll find people of all political persuasions yelling about it. But it remains primarily those on the far right that couch their vitriol in what the historian Richard Hofstadter referred to as the "paranoid style."
I have criticized the Democrats for failing to properly use the power of their majority in Congress and the mandate from an overwhelming victory last November, so it's only right I give them their props for finally taking charge.
Looking back on 2009, a narrative seems to have emerged that the Democrats failed and would pay the price in the 2010 midterm elections. But where is the discussion of how the Republicans have behaved in the last year?
If you rise too fast and peak too early, then you fall just as hard. It is a lesson that the GOP needs to learn in order to stay relevant for the majority of Americans who consider themselves to be in the center.
As a doctor specializing in palliative care and hospice, I'm disheartened to see how end-of-life counseling was twisted into something sinister and untrue, then ultimately dropped because it was deemed too divisive.