Like it or not, it is almost impossible to discuss political effectiveness without an understanding of the nature of compromise. Speaking as an insider of the liberty movement, I believe we have a particularly uncomfortable relationship with it, which we must examine if we are going to cease to be political outsiders.
Does a sharply divided America necessarily mean that no meaningful legislation can emerge from our political leaders on both sides of the aisle? I don't think so! What many people describe as the greatest political agreement in the history of the world came out of a deeply divided America -- the US Constitution.
The Virginia race exemplifies the state of politics around the country. Facing a tough economy and difficult political issues, our leaders consistently refuse to cooperate with one another. Ordinary citizens are turning on each other over petty disagreements. Meanwhile, our nation's biggest challenges go unresolved.