Sometimes you lose. When you lose, people who disagree with you about stuff get to do things their way for a while. When you win, you get to do things your way for a while, to the dismay of people who disagree with you. You would like them to be good losers, and they’d like the same from you.
If you always lose, there are two basic possibilities. It’s not really a democracy, or you’ve defined your citizenship very narrowly. If you always win, there are also two basic possibilities. It’s not really a democracy, or you’ve defined your citizenship very broadly.
When Republicans win, they try to rig things so that when Democrats win later they’ll be forced to act like Republicans. When Democrats win, they try to rig things so that when Republicans win later they’ll be forced to act like Democrats. To do this, they each use laws, staffing, and faits accomplis, among other strategies. This is why politics are worth the effort.
Some of the authors of the Constitution knew all of this very well. That’s why they made it so damn hard and slow for the government to get anything much done. We only want government to be effective and efficient when we all agree on what it should be doing, which is rare, or when we are on the winning side, which is not always. Democracy is not an efficient way to get things done. The model of efficiency in government is fascism. The great thing about fascists is that they get stuff done. The bad thing about fascists is the stuff they get done.
Conservatives are people who think there’s only one right way to do things. There are Republican conservatives and Democratic conservatives. Liberals are people who think there are various acceptable or at least understandable ways to do things. There are Democratic liberals and Republican liberals.
Conservatives of any sort may be many good things, but they’re damn lousy democratic citizens. In this they are joined by a third group, the folks with daddy issues. No matter who wins, they’re agin’ ’em.
All of this should be common sense. Why isn’t it?