What's really wrong with Congress is the widening, hardening conflict in worldviews that leaves the two parties unable to understand how the other thinks about what people should do on their own and what we should do together. Members of Congress don't just disagree, they think the other side makes no sense. Both self-reliance (the quintessential American virtue) and community (our characteristic instinct to cooperate) are essential balancing components of American culture and politics; members of the Congress should not set them at war with each other. Former Democratic Congressman Allen explains why we must escape the grip of our competing worldviews to enable Congress to work productively on our 21st century challenges.
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