e rhetoric between progressives and conservatives here in America has been vitriolic at times. Name-calling and demeaning insults are common when the two views come within close proximity. Surely, it seems the two views must have nothing at all in common and compromise on America's most pressing issues is all but impossible for the two sides to reach. However, it is essential that the elected representatives of a functioning democracy set aside their differences, find common ground, and turn that common ground into meaningful legislation that works towards solving the problems facing the future of our nation. Both sides; in Washington and on Main St. America, seem to have forgotten that compromise is an essential part of any democracy.