Does anyone remember these two guys? That's President Ronald Reagan on the right (naturally) and House Speaker Tip O'Neal on the left (both literally and figuratively).
Mr. Conservative and Mr. Liberal they were. They had sharply different political philosophies, visions for the future, and constituencies, yet they also had respect for each other. When one had the opportunity to completely crush the other, to politically destroy the other, he didn't do it. They realized they needed each other.
Sometimes Tip had to swallow hard and give in to something Reagan wanted, and sometimes their roles were reversed. They both knew they couldn't just dump on a large part of the American population in order to get their way. That would be what is called "winning the battle, but losing the war"....a long-term bad thing for the country, and they knew it.
Contrast them to the "leaders" (more like "hired guns") that we have today. Reid, Pelosi, McConnell, Ryan, Clinton, and lets not forget the Tea Party faction led by Ted Cruz....they would rather eat s__t than give an inch to the other. The Republicans, for example, recently agreed to a budget deal only because elections are upcoming and they knew polls showed the public held them responsible for past government shutdowns that harmed millions of people. It was self-preservation, pure and simple.
They gave in not for the good of the country, but for their own political gain. And under similar circumstances the Democrats would do the same. They care about themselves, and no one else. You and I are just pawns to them.
Bernie Sanders is saying a political revolution is coming, and he may be right. I'm wondering if it will be limited to just being "political"? Think about that.