Have we lost the capacity to dream and the ability to distinguish between matters of substance and what Jon Stewart refers to as “our obsession with the trivial?” Have our leaders let us down or have we failed to demand enough of them and provide vigorous support for them? Between the vitriolic outbursts of tea-baggers and the political realities of trying to accomplish something in an excessively partisan environment a wall of resistance has grown up that has slowed movement to a crawl. For some that is the goal, for others it is the ultimate defeat.

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