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Jan. 23, 2018

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Cal Thomas: “If we don’t like what is happening in Washington — and few do — the blame must be placed squarely where it belongs. It is ‘we the people’ who send these people here. We send people of different and often opposing viewpoints to Washington and expect them to get along. Many quickly turn opportunities to represent us into opportunities to represent themselves. They become careerists, statists and hypocrites, first supporting one cause or policy when it suits them and then with whiplash intensity turning around and supporting its opposite when it is politically expedient. It is why my favorite lecture circuit laugh line is ‘I’m happy to be here tonight from Washington, DC, where the only politicians with convictions are in prison.’ Is that too cynical? Perhaps. There are a few good men and women in Washington, but they are often overtaken by the swamp, which is more like quicksand, dragging everyone down. If re-election and fundraising become primary goals rather than promotion of the general welfare, everything else becomes secondary.”

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