Four years ago, no matter how you voted, there was a sense that, maybe, just possibly, we as a nation would be ready to come together. After a divisive 16 years — eight Clinton and eight Bush — and with a financial crisis serving as a collective call to arms, many hoped we would turn the corner. How long ago — and, frankly, how naive — that seems. From Occupy Wall St. to the Tea Party, our political divide seems as wide as ever. Do we have a way out or are we doomed to a nasty and divisive existence. Few people spend more time thinking about the state of our country than EJ Dionne, Senior Fellow Brookings Institution, Georgetown University, Washington Post columnist and Author, “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent.” (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)
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