The terrifying attack on members of a Republican congressional baseball team has drawn calls for unity and an end to our harsh rhetoric.
Despite the warm words, an end to the ever-expanding partisan divide seems out of reach.
In the past, trust in American institutions and government helped us navigate troubled times for our nation. But are those institutions too broken to guide us today?
Tell us your view on how to get out of this dangerous tailspin, how we can get back to respect for different political views and the ability to seek common ground.Tell us what you think
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