2016 Election Thoughts – Part II (Common Facts)
Common facts? Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the late great Senator from New York (whose seat Hillary Clinton was elected to on his retirement in 2000), told us “everyone is entitled to his opinion, but not his own facts.” (I wrote about common facts and one other issue in Core Issues about Public Discourse, on July 25, 2015.) Alas, if Senator Moynihan was alive today, he’d know he’d been ignored. Repeatedly.
On Monday, November 7—a different era—Diane Rehm hosted How The U.S. Government Is Supposed To Work And Why Many Think The System Is Broken. Her guests were Norm Ornstein from the American Enterprise Institute, E.J. Dionne from the The