The gridlock and grandstanding prevalent in today’s politics probably would have appalled Washington, who as the presiding officer of the constitutional convention did not have to deal with the massive media and Internet reality of today.
“Nothing spoken or written can be revealed to anyone — not even your family — until we have adjourned permanently,” Washington instructed. “Gossip or misunderstanding can easily ruin all the hard work we shall have to do this summer.”
Still, it took two years for all 13 states to ratify the document. But the fact is, that the original Constitution — and years before that, the Declaration of Independence — did get done.
Ultimately, unlike today, the good of the country trumped petty politics.
Therein lies the difference.