11 28 2015
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We're headed in the wrong direction. Americans across lines of race and region, in red states and blue states, moderates, independents, liberals and increasing numbers of conservatives now have come to understand that. In Washington, the Bush administration and the DeLay Congress stagger from scandal to failure — adrift when we need direction.
We have lost a sense of common purpose — a sense of the better angels of our nature. I remember immediately after Sept. 11, when Americans asked what they could do for their country. "Go shopping," the president recommended, as he pushed for another tax cut for the wealthy.

Several years ago, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting produced a documentary series entitled "Violence: An American Tradition." The series described the ways in which this country has historically resolved conflict. One need only read the history books to see that nonviolent diplomacy is not a tradition we can claim as part of our custom.
When we look back on the more than 200-year history of our nation, we find that war has indeed been part of our convention. This heritage is not one that should make us proud to be Americans.

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