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11.04.2004

A House Divided

Ramesh Ponnuru, one of the most intelligent people writing about politics today (and a friend of a friend, making me instantly almost-cool), has some common sense to contribute to the post-election theme of "a bitterly divided America":

Accountability requires choice, and choice implies the exclusion of some possibilities. It can therefore be "polarizing." Perhaps Bush could have governed in a way that left the country less polarized — although that is not as clear to me as it seems to be to others. But while gratuitous offense and incivility are always to be avoided, political harmony is not an important goal in its own right.
As somebody once said, read the whole thing.

-D. Brown

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