The New “Know Nothings”

Americans trust in their government is broken.

That loss of trust has been brought about by a polarization of our democratic process. Not since the 1850s have we witnessed a meltdown of basic civility especially in Washington but throughout the entire country. Much of it can be laid at the feet of hyper-partisan politicians who would rather be on cable news than in legislative committee meetings.

Some have compared today’s Republican Party with that of the Whigs disintegrating into the “Know Nothings.” I do not think that Republicans have descended that far yet…