On rolls the world and these fugitive colors of political opinion like dove’s neck lustres chase each other over the wide encampments of mankind, whig, tory; pro- & anti-slavery; Catholic, Protestant; the clamor lasts for some time, but the persons who make it, change; the mob remains, the persons who compose it change every moment. The world hears what both parties say & swear, accepts both statements, & takes the line of conduct recommended by neither, but a diagonal line of advance which partakes of both courses.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Journal H, in Selected Journals 1841-1877 (ed. Lawrence Rosenwald)
Reality is more robust than your politics (even when all of you are taken in aggregate).