Horseshit. One side concedes a bit on marijuana, in return the other side concedes a bit on another issue. In this fashion gridlock is avoided, compromises are made, the country moves forward and citizens are happy. No one gets everything he wants, yet no one gets nothing either. Sadly, you see the world only in black and white and are thus blind to so much in a world filled nuance, subtlety, and color. Egocentricity and self-righteousness you excel at above all others, but your perception and logic are badly flawed, D'Artagnan.