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Paul Brandus: The 21st Century has not been the American Century

The 21st century has not been kind to America.

It began with our country being the world’s unquestioned economic, military and cultural power. We were sure of ourselves, confident, and feared nothing or no one.

The economy was roaring along, fueled by an explosive new industry that unleashed an era of unprecedented innovation and wealth creation. It was called the Internet. The Cold War was over. Our main geopolitical rival—the Soviet Union—had collapsed peacefully. Terrorism was something that happened elsewhere.

Politically, did Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, have disagreements? Of course. But they didn’t automatically vilify the other side, or consider them a mortal enemy to be destroyed at all costs.

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