Thank you, Senator Flake, for standing up for fundamental decency in government and against the divisive demagoguery of the last four years. We probably don't agree on a lot of things, but it is a pleasure to disagree with somebody who understands that civil disagreement is at the heart of our Constitution and our system of government. You are a patriot, sir, and that still means something.

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Michael Austin is a former English professor and current academic administrator. He is the author of We Must Not Be Enemies: Restoring America’s Civic Tradition

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