But we could be, if we rise to the moment.
The president has energized his own supporters, and his attacks on established institutions have triggered a systemic immune response in the body politic.
Civic participation offers a way out of the 2016 doldrums.
A rush to reunion can entrench injustice. Instead of papering over differences, Americans need to be smarter about engaging them.
It’s not just that the rich get richer and the poor poorer; it’s that the rich get louder and poor quieter.
Once upon a time, Hillary Clinton was in a race against a passionate ideologue named Bernie Sanders. Her victory depended not on changing, but on being herself—someone who gets things done.
If Bernie Sanders is serious about a political transformation in America, he needs a better plan.
None of the Republican candidates showed they understand true New York values: embracing multiculturalism, innovation, and the unknown.
Defining common cultural literacy for an increasingly diverse nation
A quiz to compare yourself with the likes of Barack Obama, Cliven Bundy, and others
Festival and bonfires; outrageous wagers; toasting and fasting and even fighting. Elections used to be fun. What if they were again?
Is it ever acceptable to say "Chinamen"?
A speechwriter who wrote Bill Clinton's address for the 50th anniversary of the invasion reflects on how such speeches are written and why they matter.
An agreement to raise the wage floor to $15 per hour heralds a new sort of national politics, where local officials network to bypass Washington.
Civic-confirmation rites could help unify a fraying nation and instill crucial knowledge of American traditions and institutions.
Why has Sherman's infamous post-game interview stirred up so much discomfort? Easy: The nation sees itself in him.
When people are allowed to make a symbol their own, it becomes that much more resonant—especially in a nation founded on ideas, rather than blood or tribe.
That requires mutual respect and mutual assistance. Besides, what Washington needs is more action and less obsession with appearances.
As President Obama embarks on a new economic-policy push, that will be his mantra. Here's what he means.