I have been watching politics since my first vote in 1972. Like most people of my era, I started radical, but when I married and started raising a family my views became more mainstream. Over the years I have voted for Democrats, Republicans, Independents and third party candidates, and in most of those years, Congress worked together with the President to pass a budget and laws in the best interests of the country. It didn’t matter whether the president was of the same party as both houses. Bills were proposed and passed, and the business of the country, and more importantly the citizens, moved forward. In the past few years however, I have noticed that the 2 major parties have become more split and antagonistic to each other.