...and why it's important for political reality to be at least understood by both sides.
First example, your blogger. I will no more refer to the two sides by their chosen (Party) names, only by their politically-REAL names, i.e., the Left and the Right. On occasion, I might even attach the reality of labels: such as "The Unconstitutional Party", the "Un-American Party", perhaps even the "Marxist party". Those would be for the Left. For the Right, I might use labels such as the "Collection of Idiots", or the tried-and-true "Stupid Party". If someone on the Right OR the Left actually deserves praise, I will simply call him or her an American, which OUGHT to be the highest praise a politician could want, anyway.
The political reality of the Left is that they operate with over-reach, all the time, and are more likely than the Right to forget the constraints of the Constitution. I agree with many of their ideas, such as giving the less-fortunate members of this society a hand up. That works for me, because when those less-fortunate are down and out, they are an expensive drag on the economy. I am also a Conservationist, and believe that the natural enviroment OUGHT to be put back the way it was found, after any extractive effort to support society at large such as mining. We haven't performed up to this standard, so clean-up at public expense is proper.
The Political reality of the Right is even stranger than that of the Left. Operating from a basic position which is closer than the Left's to Constitutional reality, the Right nonetheless manages to kick the Founders' rules and policies in the ass even harder than the Left does. Their forever example of Abortion as a Constitutional evil is the obvious example. The Constitution is perfectly neutral on the health of Americans, except that it's rules are preceded by advocacy for "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Seems hard to have any of those three if you want to force women to be mere chattel of a male-centric society, and you want to do that by bending science instead of establishing it. The Bible may have guided the personal lives of the Founders, but those Founders DELIBERATELY left it out of their written, Constitutional guidance on how to run this Republic. It needs to stay out. Real Americans may indeed still follow the Bible's guidance, but so may Real Americans follow the Torah, or the Qu'ran.
Now to the current political troubles.
The Left spends too much public money for their private, political gain. They started doing this back in Andy Jackson's time, and that policy has only gotten more extreme over time. Buying votes by publicly-funded support of lower classes has become THE standard play in the Left's playbook. This policy needs to be REVERSED, and it needs to be reversed with all the vigor the Constitution provides for. When the House of Representatives, currently under the control of the Right, attempted to exercise their Constitutionally-approved (Art. 1, Sec. 8) control over this practice of the Left, and targeted the Left's attempt to tax money from persons with wealth, and use it to pay for modern health-care of persons of little wealth, changes to that Act, which was previously approved under the hegemony of a Congress totally controlled by the Left, were proposed in the now-Rightist House. If the Nation were being run under proper Constitutional policy and control, using actual political reality, those changes to the aforesaid Act, sometimes known as "Obamacare", would have been peacefully made by re-writing that Act under the hegemony of the Rightist House, and funding it according to it's revision. The Leftist President said "no revisions", and the Leftist Senate went along with him, so the Rightist House was reduced to using it's Constitutional funding authority to stop providing money for that Act. During this time, the Government ran out of appropriations authority to fund itself, and the now-infamous "shutdown" began.
Shortly, a similar stalemate will result over the authority of the Leftist Administration to borrow money. This coming stalemate between the Left and the Right will cause REAL and SERIOUS damage to the US economy, should it not be resolved in the nine days remaing for resolution.
The Left and the Right may eventually decide to settle their differences by force of arms, or simply be forced to because, under political reality, they have exhausted all other options. The Left is unprepared to do that, because it has all these underclasses of people whose votes it bought to support, and it is DAMN DIFFICULT to do that support when you are in the middle of fighting a war that will almost-certainly target the logistics of necessary supply for the Left.
As easily as the Right brought the "shutdown" stalemate to the Left, and as easily as the Left booted their opportunity to run the Government for the benefit of it's citizens during that "shutdown" (the shutdown only affects 15% of the Government's workers, so the Government OUGHT to be able to run on the remaining 85%), the Right will bring the refusal to allow more Government borrowing, and the Left will, in return, bring the chaos of economic and REAL war to this Nation.
The biggest failure of the Left and the Right is that both FAIL to see the practical limits of political reality. Neither side recognizes the reality of of the onrushing political end of the Nation. When that end arrives, there will be no opportunity remaining to solve the problem with non-military means. Once that military conflict starts, it will only end according to the usual MILITARY rules of managing conflict, not the POLITICAL rules. Bullets have a way of cutting through the most cleverly-devised political smokescreens. Politics ends at the point of a gun.
Civil War Two, or the Second Revolution, is about on us, folks. Are YOU personally prepared to survive it?