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Tom Smith (politician)

DIVIDED AMERICA: Even in fractured land, there's much unity

Outside the Annin Flagmakers factory in this perennial swing state, a summer of discontent is brewing. They feel the country's divides inside, too — gulfs between rich and poor, left and right, this side and that side, that seem to grow deeper with each passing week.

Yet as their hands glide over broad red and white stripes and sew bright stars to blue rectangles, crafting the most unifying American symbol, the flagmakers sound far more alike than different.

Asked to name life's most important elements, the same answers come back: family, work and faith. Presented with the idea of living in a foreign land, they uniformly say no, America can't be beat. Nudged to sum...

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