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Us vs Them

Politics is not a sport. Good governance is not a game of winners and losers. People's lives are at stake when politicians make decisions. Far too many of those we elected have forgotten that truth – if they ever realized it at all. But it may not be their fault, really. We elected them, after all, so if they focus on making life a little better for a chosen few instead of for everyone, We the People deserve at least half the blame. We've embraced a false division between Us and Them, and we blindly support those of Us who choose to demonize Them. America once was deeply divided by skin color and ancestry, and those divisions have not yet been healed. We share that history with the Romans, by the way, and we haven't learned the lessons their experience offers. Today, political differences and material wealth represent the two most obvious divisions that we handle badly. In a multitude of ways those differences ignore our common humanity and encourage groups of people to demo…