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America has a broken political system our leaders need to fix

Former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill coined the saying, "All politics is local." Today, it is fair to say that all politics is personal and Americans, in their gut, are suffering from the tribal divisions growing in Washington and across the country.
According to a recent poll by the American Psychological Association, the future of the country is a significant source of anxiety for nearly two-thirds of Americans. Equally worrying is that more than half of those individuals consider today to be the lowest point in U.S. history in their memory, a figure "spanning every generation" from World War II to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
We both served in Vietnam, saw the dissolution of the Soviet empire, and lived through significant cultural and political struggles facing the country. We were in public office when terrorists attacked our nation in 2001: One of us was U.S. Senate majority leader, and the other became the first Homeland Security secretary. We have seen Americans under extreme moments of stress, and it is vitally important that we recognize that our current divisions represent a tangible problem for the country. America is only as healthy as our citizenry. Our freedoms only as robust as those defending them.
We elect leaders to place country above party, address the most critical issues plaguing the nation and prevent future crisis from taking root. But Washington needs to face the facts: The political system itself is broken, wearing down too many leaders with endless fundraising demands and turning the job of elected representative into a never-ending campaign whose purpose is to vilify the other party. We used to have to arrange schedules around fundraisers for senators. It was considered the exception, and now it is the rule.

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