As a nation of people with a broad spectrum of individual interests, objectives and talents, we operate best when we come together and govern by consensus. In fact, an absence of consensus precipitates dysfunction in government and, subsequently, a splintering of any sense of common purpose.
Reasonable people, finding themselves incapacitated by their own intransigent refusal to compromise, would revisit their demands and embark on a process of honest negotiation. Progress, one would think, is better than stagnation.
Logic, however, isn’t always guaranteed a winning hand, or even a place at the table; not in the politics of failing governments and not in our politics today. “Can’t we all just get along?” is both a reasonable question and desperate plea for hope.
We would do well to listen.