A warning from Lugar

At a time when the nation is desperate for leadership, its elected representatives are mired in ideological grandstanding.

After losing a primary battle to a tea party candidate who promised not to compromise with Democrats, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., issued a dire warning.

“I don’t remember a time when so many topics have become politically unmentionable in one party or the other,” Lugar said.

“Republicans cannot admit to any nuance in policy on climate change. Republican members are now expected to take pledges against any tax increases. For two consecutive presidential nomination cycles, GOP candidates competed with one another to express the most strident anti-immigration view.”

Our democracy is built on the concept of compromise. By voting for candidates of either party who reject compromise, we are damaging our nation.

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