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Do what the founders would do: Put governance before politics | GUEST COMMENTARY

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Members of the public look up at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda near a painting with some Founding Fathers depicted on March 28, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) When my first children’s book on civics — “How the U.S. Government Works” — was published in 1998, I began doing book talks in schools, libraries, book stores, and fairs. Inevitably, at least one person in the crowd would see the title of the book and say something to the effect of: “This guy must be nuts. He actually thinks the U.S. government works!”

Each time I heard that, I gave the same response: ”Our system of government works fine. It’s our system of politics that’s broken.”

People often confuse politics and governance. Or, more accurately, they believe all government is politics and don’t recognize the difference between it and governance. But politics is only a part of our republican system of government.

Politics is the process by which individuals obtain governmental office and authority. Governance is what those people are supposed to do when they get it.

Politics means doing whatever you legally can to advance your and your party’s election interests. Governance means doing what’s in the best […]

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