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Published: Sunday, Sept. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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EJM
Herriman, UT

One of the best columns on this topic yet. Thank you.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

I agree the country is very partisn now..however facts are not the same thing as truths. If you look up the definition truth is an agreement with fact..or reality. Reality is completely value depedent. The reality for a scizophrenic is that they hear voices. Reality for a religious person is their prayers are answered. Personally I think both are not factual and there are better and more factual answers for both experiences.

Point is truth isn't an entitiy floating out in the ether to be discovered. Truth is a deficiency in the english language.

This is why people like me participate on this thread..to highlight that reality is value dependent, and that the values of most of us are very simlar, and to discuss the facts of reality in support of those values. Ninty percent of Americans know the importance of personal responsibility, most of us understand it takes hard work to succeed, it just doesn't serve the conversation of how to achieve those goals when half of the citizenry denies that the other half has those values.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Excellent. Wouldn't it be nice if someone out there was paying attention to things like this?

freedomingood
provo, Utah

Good article. An Example of what I would rather see from DN.

I'm not sure Washinton was being prophetic though. He was describing what he allready saw in government. If you want to see nasty politics look up what politicians said around the subject of prohibition or the Civil War.

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Good article.

I'd like to see DN be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Is there any space.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

I am grateful that there are fact-checking sources that put the rhetoric of ALL politicians under a microscope. They're going to have a busy couple of months.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

With all the garbage on both sides of the partisan isle, and the amount of those supporting or bashing every article, it is sad that this article is met with such indifference (ie, 6 comments in 2 days.)

This article cuts to the very problem facing our country. We no longer want a good solution to our problems.. We want OUR PARTIES solution.

And we dont really care if it is good or bad. We just know that ANY of THEIR plans are BAD and ALL of ours are good.

And we wonder why our government isn't working.

I suggest that you re-read this article. It lays out the problem perfectly.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"Our national government is "distracted" and "enfeebled" by partisanship. Rather than counseling together, partisans prefer character assassination to truth."

Absolutely well said. I am impressed DN. You carried a price that rose above the fray and offered hope that there is something more out there than silly partisan name calling. Its about the issues, not the parties. Congress people need to leave their political pins at the door when they enter the peoples house to do their work. It is about the people, not promotion of a particular party.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Many of the poster supporting this article seem to be either center or left of center.

Those on the right - What say you?

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