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Arizona State University

Don't blame the candidates, blame yourself

Don't blame the candidates, blame yourself

We may finally be getting the presidential candidates we deserve.

Forget all that talk about the wisdom of voters, and the great American people. We are the problem, with our shrill, hyperbolic, extremist, intolerant and polarized ways of engaging in politics.

I can recall in the late '90s being totally befuddled by how some of my friends, perfectly sensible people when the subject wasn't politics, would go apoplectic at the mere mention of Bill Clinton.

Our president, a Michigan banker friend named John told me at the time, was a socialist, a dishonorable man intent on destroying America. I couldn't understand where all this vitriol came from. At what water cooler...