I read this AM two articles in the Washington Post, one obit and a second an OPED, on former Representative John Dingle. The word that comes to mind as I read them is ambiguity, which is mentioned at the end of the Obit by Rep. Tim Wirth as well. I will say that in my reading of biographies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and other founding father in the last few months I find that ambiguity has been a part of our political system since the earliest days of the Republic: along with rancor; public and private attacks by politicians on each other, opposition parties and political beliefs; and the occasional deadly duel. And even with all that, and reinforcing one of Rep. Dingle’s themes in his farewell OPED, the Republic has survived and, in my view improved the lives of Americans, over those almost 250 years.
These 2 articles provided for me a wider perspective on the current state of politics in DC (and the world) and I thought you might find them of interest as I did.

 

John Dingell Obituary from Washington Post

 

John Dingell-My last words for America
John Dingell: My last words for America