This blog posting by Bill Kraus does such a good job in explaining the US’ political stalemate that I am giving my weekly blog space to his words. Kraus was the Chief of Staff for Wisconsin Governor Lee Dreyfus. He serves on numerous boards, including publicly traded for-profits and non-profits, and earned his extensive business credentials in the insurance industry. The Know Nothing movement of the mid-nineteenth century was a semi-secret political organization (an oxymoron?) which was dedicated to protecting the country from a takeover by German and Irish Catholic immigrants. The name resulted from their members’ keeping their association secret. When asked about the movement they, not unlike TV’s Sergeant Schultz, replied “I know nothing.” The 21st century version of know nothingness is not a movement but a condition. It describes the citizens who have outsourced, abandoned, and ignored politics and politicians….