What America Has Lost Since Selma

George Packer, The New Yorker
President Obama gave one of his strongest speeches on Saturday, in Selma, Alabama, on the fiftieth anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”—the day of the violently suppressed march that helped lead to the Voting Rights Act, the climactic achievement of the civil-rights movement. Standing in early-spring sunlight on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Obama praised the American spirit of striving and self-renewal embodied in the moral and physical courage of the marchers: “What greater expression of faith in the American experiment than this, what greater form of patriotism is there than…