I have been to the United States Capitol once. A few years ago, my wife and I attended an evening event that allowed us to access parts of the Capitol I had read about, watched on television, and imagined. To attend, we had to be cleared to enter, submitting our legal names, dates of birth, employment details, and more in advance. Only after we were found on the guest list, had our bags searched, and cleared security were we able to walk past the perimeter and enter the Capitol.

Inside was a diverse crowd, dressed to the nines. Food, wine…

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