I type this as my young sons negotiate over who gets Boba Fett for the big battle this evening. At stake is the survival of their respective rebel and imperial bases, which they have been building for months, under threat of mutual annihilation during a tantrum. The result will be a messy bedroom covered in Lego pieces and crying kids late into a school night.
This has me thinking about what's happening in our nation's capitol. While it's easy to blame Congress, its purpose is to represent us. The founding fathers built this and other key branches of government around mutual trust, cooperation and compromise.
If Congress is willing to put our nation at risk because of mistrust, animosity and stubborn ideology, then it is a reflection of us as a people. Empires have fallen this way. Why should we be any different?