The current political climate is probably as acrimonious as it has ever been. Deeply felt positions abound.
Each sides’ philosophy, strategy and tactics are widely divergent with each side certain of their own validity.
However, one fact persists, if polls are to be believed, the public disagrees with the direction now being taken. Continuing to plunge down this path while ignoring public sentiment only weakens the country. Blind partisanship will break the fragile cohesion of our republic in time.
Another president from Illinois, while in the midst of political storms had this to say about ignoring the people.
Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who would mold public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. — A. Lincoln 1858 debate with Stephen Douglas.
The current words and acts of our politicians indicate how fitting they are to today’s situation.