The president swings wildly but the people will stay true: the way to beat him is to defend the institutions he would smash

Americans have sharply different views about what government should do, whether on abortion, guns, immigration or any number of hot-button issues. But we broadly agree about how government should go about resolving our differences.

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This is the most profound challenge to our system of government since Richard Nixon went rogue

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Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and The Common Good. He is also a columnist for Guardian US

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