Why aren’t we arguing about the right things?

In a country where our founding myths valorize debate, protest, and compromise, we seem to ironically find ourselves paralyzed by the way we argue- on every level of society. At the federal level we have seen the most inactive, intransigent legislature in our history; we can blame the filibuster or the two-party system or cable news or any other external factor, but the uncomfortable truth is that congress has had similar obstacles and…