A Humble Democracy?

My unfashionable views on this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, posted over at Reflection and Choice.

Reflection and Choice

At the National Prayer Breakfast this week, President Obama called for America to become more humble. He said:

“In a democracy as big and as diverse as ours, we will encounter every opinion. And our task as citizens—whether we are leaders in government or business or spreading the word—is to spend our days with open hearts and open minds; to seek out the truth that exists in an opposing view and to find the common ground that allows for us as a nation, as a people, to take real and meaningful action.”

He goes on to say that we need humility to do these things. He’s probably right, we need humility, but his admonition comes across as a little naive to this ancient historian.

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