Conservative and right-wing politicians should exercise some restraint, and Democrats need to stop apologizing for taking more contentious advocates to task for politicizing every situation. In some circles the likes of Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh are said to be voicing legitimate alternate opinions no matter how outlandish they may be. And the very term “loyal opposition” has lost some of its luster. When politicians and pundits take issue with every program, every statement and every appearance of a president at a time of enormous challenges, they are not engaged in a patriotic duty; they are just substituting partisan dogma for a reasoned response to problems that defy easy resolution.

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