Lately leftist pundits have screamed loud and clear about "obstructionist" Republicans in Congress and have openly supported Harry Reid in getting the rules changed to allow Senate Democrats to run roughshod over the Republican minority.
The reason that this country is on a Leftist slide, and has been since before I was born, is that every time the Right compromises with the Left, they in essence have to move left. The TEA party isn't radical by any stretch of the imagination, the TEA party would look like a normal political movement to either the Democrats or Republicans prior to FDR.
The radical political parties in America have always been the Communists and Socialists. As the Democrats compromised with them (or openly colluded with and welcomed into the ranks) the Democrats went further left.
Instead of "sticking up for the little guy" the Democrats are now about "punishing the successful." Take a look at cities and states where Democrats have successfully waged their class warfare on the successful, and spread the misery around. By spreading the misery and then lying to the gullible about "being on your side, we just really need to take a little more away from all those rich guys that left our area and decreased our tax base, it isn't YOUR fault that you are lazy and selfish, those rich guys made you that way, it is THEIR fault!" they have consolidated their power in the urban centers.
So the slide to the left has been gradual. The only difference in how quickly we slide down the slope is how far left we lean on the snowboard to speed up. As anyone who has studied physics or ballistics, gravity is a constant acceleration, so as time goes on, things speed up. The faster something is going, the more spectacular the crash.
So, the only moral move for Republicans is to stop the Democrats at every turn. The only moral move is to filibuster, and fight. I can understand compromising with one evil so you don't get eaten by another. But just because you have a common enemy doesn't make you friends. Sooner or later, a compromise with evil will turn around and bite you in the ass. If you look at what we did as a nation in WWII, it all makes sense. The Cold War that followed WWII was set up by compromising with one evil over another, which led to Vietnam, which led to Desert Storm. History is linear, and cause and effect is relatively easy to see in hindsight.
So I am not interested in "compromise" with whatever "common sense" bullshit the talking heads are spewing in order to justify the restriction of freedoms and the trampling of human rights.