One of the cool things about these two is they were actually greater than the sum of their parts when they worked together. They were both, individually, great musicians, singers and songwriters, but what they achieved together was amazing.
I find that if you can get more than one angle on solving a given problem, your chances of success increase exponentially. You also run less of a chance of failing to see some problem you might not be able to see.
In my experience in life, enterprises that have two different guiding lights often outperform those with a single beam of illumination.
One of the problems of our system of government is that we’ve lost the Lennon/McCartney aspect of the two party system. The Republicans and the Democrats have forgotten they supposedly work together running the government. Rather than focusing on what they have in common and working with that, they seem to have become bent on becoming the sole proprietor, and have proceeded to start drilling holes in the lifeboat. And since we also share that lifeboat with them, they are threatening to take us all down.
Instead of reaching a compromise and thus allowing us the benefits of the best of both worlds, our representatives seem determined to sink the lifeboat if they don’t get their way. Creating a permanent dynasty for your particular party seems more of a goal that providing effective representation for your constituents.
The puzzling thing is that things have not always been this way. While it’s true that to a certain degree politics has always been a nasty business and you can find instances of that through our nation’s history, but things have usually managed to get done.
The period from 1946 until sometime in the 80’s saw a lot of bi-partisan efforts come to fruition. The legislative branch and the executive branch were often from different parties, but they lead us through the period where the United States lead the world by most every measurable standard. They must have been doing something right.
Part of the blame needs to be laid at the feet of the voting public, as we have a large tolerance for this kind of thing and don’t insist that our representatives actually do anything. Young people probably don’t even remember when this was an expectation.
A large number of people have gotten into the habit of just not paying attention and they also feel that they aren’t represented by anyone. They have little faith in most of our legislators. Congress has a job approval rating that would get anyone in a real job fired, and yet, things never really seem to improve.
Oddly, I find it interesting that as our representatives have become more ideological and less pragmatic as fewer and fewer people can tell you exactly what our political parties stand for. About the only thing people car articulate is the “big government” vs “small government” issue.
The reality is the size of the government should depend on what it takes to have effective government, and if something isn’t working but needs to be done, it should be fixed rather than just discarded. Few things in life are black and white and that gets us back to the beginning.
Right now, it would seem that the country is divided about 50/50. In reality, though, I doubt that most of us are hard right or hard left on all of the issues. Most people are neither Anarcho-Capitalists nor Communists. There have to be solutions than can make most of us happy, and those are most likely going to be compromises: it used to be the job of our legislators to work out the details of those compromises for us.
We either start to find the common ground, or we won’t have any ground to stand on.