“Each Congressman had a narrow view of the world,” Fetchet said. “It was who their constituents were and what the issues were in the districts, and no one really stepped back and looked at the broader picture.”
Despite talking about problems yet addressed and the obstacles that lie ahead, the panelists were not without optimism.
“I have a lot of confidence in our resilience,” Hamilton said, pointing to Fetchet and Lemack as examples. “That’s America at its best.”
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