Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.
A year ago, Ron Paul (R-Texas) lectured on what it took to be a true conservative. If you don't like parts of the constitution -- just amend it: "I would like to remove two of them. The 16th and 17th" amendments, Paul said.