Our government is so unbelievably broken that there is almost NEVER a win/win or no deal strategy anymore. The only people that win in our 2 party system at this point are the politicians and their crooked cronies, and the people always get the shaft. The government no longer really works for the people, but politicians work for themselves and their re-elections at the expense of the people. In doing so, they talk past each other, demonize one another for political theater, and cause more problems for government to fix, with of course, more government.
It was not until recently, in the past 4 years or so, that I became keenly aware of how such horrific things could come to be. I never paid any mind to politics up until the early 2000s, 9/11/2001 to be exact. At that time I still wanted nothing to do with politics and felt like those who paid attention to such things were wasting their time on something they could do nothing about. Even serving in the Navy in the late 90’s and saluting a picture of Bill Clinton neither impressed nor intrigued me, no matter what the headlines were in any paper. He was the boss and I paid no mind to anything that was said or what he was doing, because “it didn’t effect me either way”.