In seven months, I’ll become an empty-nester. I’ve worked to raise three wonderful sons whose departure (the first two have already gone, the youngest is getting ready) marks the most profound sense of pride and sadness I can imagine. Like many of you who have gone through this experience, I wonder: Is the world/democracy that my sons are headed into, better or worse than the world/democracy I headed into when my parents became empty-nesters? Have I helped to provide ...

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