In recent years there has been an explosion of opinion throughout the country about “values” and our democracy. In our current financial distress and with the prospect of a new Supreme Court justice the debate rages ever more furiously about what our pledge of “liberty and justice for all” really means. What some call values turns out to be merely a statement of partisan or religious dogma. And our politics are often driven by arcane testimonials that bear no relationship to either truth or logic.

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