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erod­ing so­cial co­he­sion. The debt could have been ad­dressed by gov­ern­ment. The other trends con­tinue to de­grade our cul­ture, our econ­omy and our per­sonal lives. And the as­cen­sion of Trumpian pol­i­tics — slash­ing, men­da­cious, cor­rupt and po­lar­iz­ing — ag­gra­vates ev­ery­thing that was al­ready go­ing wrong.

Paul Ryan didn't be­long in Trump world. So much the worse for us.

Mona Charen is a Se­nior Fel­low at the Ethics and Pub­lic Policy Cen­ter. To read fea­tures by other Cre­ators Syn­di­cate writ­ers and car­toon­ists, visit the Cre­ators Syn­di­cate web­page at www.cre­

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