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There Are No Easy Cures for What Ails Our Body Politic

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A staff member puts up the Presidential seal before the arrival of then-president Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, D.C., December 12, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

In fact, our collective eagerness to greet a savior on a white horse speaks to precisely what is most dysfunctional about our public life.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t seems like longer, but it was only 2006 when my friend John O’Sullivan published his book The President, The Pope, and the Prime Minister, a genuinely fascinating survey of the overlapping careers of the three great heroes of the closing years of the Cold War: Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Margaret Thatcher. It is a book that retains its interest even today — in many ways, its interest is heightened by the great difference between that era and this one.

Nostalgia must always be resisted, but one might be tempted to give up on politics and public affairs

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