I’ve been following politics ever since a current events class in high school in the 1970s. I’m a Democrat, a fairly liberal one, who disagrees with Grover Norquist’s belief that government should be small enough that it can be drowned in a bathtub. Having said that, I long for a functioning Republican party because I don’t believe that any single party has all the answers. Republicans and Democrats need to keep each other in balance. Unfortunately, ever since Ronald Reagan said “The 9 most terrifying words in the English are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help,’ ” Republicans have been more concerned with destroying government than making it work better and more efficiently.