Judging from recent letters to The Bee, we appear to be a nation of idiots, incapable of learning.
In the wake of the government shutdown, writers continue to demonize "the other side" and treat the word "compromise" as an epithet.
They seem to take their cues from blowtorch liberal and conservative talk-radio and cable-TV hosts who -- having no responsibility for actually governing -- take great delight in daily rantings and ravings about their political "enemies."
Is it any wonder that our national government is now dysfunctional and increasingly paralyzed? Is this really the best way our country can meet its challenges and move forward?