Rational discourse is rarely the order of the day in our legislative bodies. Too much time and energy has been expended in trash-talking for opponents to step back and take stock of what their vitriol and incitement of the public is accomplishing.

In endless broadsides by right-wing media and prospective candidates the president is vilified with false assertions about everything from his birthplace to his leadership credentials. He is stymied at every turn in his efforts to pursue the agenda he outlined during his campaign. Whenever something actually makes sense it is shot down by the minority, sometimes by self-absorbed members of his own party. Even when Republican ideas are incorporated into proposals, party leaders instruct the flock to oppose those very proposals once they are put into the form of motions or legislative language.

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