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Updated: 01/20/2016 06:30:18PM

Local actions mirror attitude in Washington

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All politics are local said former House Speaker Tip O’Neill, in a kinder, gentler era, before talk radio, congressional brinksmanship, and districts so safe one can hunker down and build a wall of intolerance.

Here at home, as I marvel at the lack of patriotism that has led House Republicans to shut down government, I need look no further than the boundaries of my own congressional district to understand how such an event could have taken place.

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