Cause for Hope: Not all of Politics is Abuse of Power
Four US Presidents gathered today at the LBJ Presidential Library, to honor President Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Civil Rights Act. LBJ was president in the 1960's when the first Civil Rights Act and many other laws were passed, in the "War on Poverty".
President Barack Obama gave the headline speech, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act: which made it illegal to discriminate based on race - which outlawed, for the first time, segregation on buses, in restaurants, and any other public spot.
LBJ has a very impressive record. In addition to the Civil Rights Act, he passed the Voting Rights Act, a second Civil Rights Act, he created Medicare and Medicaid, he nominated the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, he nominated the first African-American Cabinet Secretary - and much more. You can read all about LBJ in the excellent Wikipedia Article about him.
This "Civil Rights Era' is a great example of what can be accomplished when people work together. A strong argument could be made that when politicians are in opposition, and not accomplishing anything, that it is a form of corruption; each politician is so enamored of his own personal power, or what he perceives to be his personal power, that he is unwilling to meet halfway and get real work done.