"A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible."If nothing else, reading political history helps me realize that current political mess is not new, but has been a constant in American history.
- quoted in Edmund Morris's Colonel Roosevelt
There has never been a Golden Age...
... tho' today's Gilded Age has clear precedent.
[Just for fun: Wilson was a Democrat, the "little group of willful men" the minority Republican senators.]