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July 6, 2014 11:00 AM

Robert Samuelson: America’s political system remains a work in progress

Dynamic social and economic change, concern for the middle class, poisonous politics, bad policies, flawed leaders — they were all there two centuries ago, just as now. History’s lesson is that the political system remains a permanent work in progress. It can never be taken for granted. Failure is always an option.

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