By Paul Andersen
The Aspen Times
As Democrats and Republicans jeopardize national security by jockeying toward the next election cycle, Congress has made itself irrelevant to the needs of the American people.
A “corrupt duopoly” is how New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman labeled our paralyzed two-party system at the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Our nation,” said Friedman, “is facing the biggest decline in national values since the rise of the Greatest Generation.” Despite enormous geopolitical challenges, national policymakers spurn collective action. “We are in a slow, gradual decline,” concluded Friedman. “And the worst thing? People are getting used to it.”
Congress seems to think that America is “too big to fail,” but our national system is broken. “Our policymakers don’t go off to work each morning with the ambition of bettering the lives of the American people,” Harvard President Emeritus Derek Bok said at Ideas Fest. “They go off to better the lives of their contributors.”
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