Searching for meaning from an unsettling year - Opinion

Searching for meaning from an unsettling year

Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:14 am

Irma. Harvey. Charlottesville. They are the names given to three extraordinary and deadly events, which all happened in the last few weeks. And that’s only a small part of the past chaotic year — in our politics, in our society and in our environment.

The surprise election of Donald Trump upended much of our nation’s conventional political wisdom, and his presidency has challenged conventional notions of governance. Indeed, while a single political party’s control in both houses of Congress and in the White House would normally herald ideological stability, that hasn’t been the case this year. Rather, Republicans have failed repeatedly to fulfill their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, while just last week, the president bucked his own party to make a deal on the debt ceiling and disaster relief.

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