It is a pity, that both major political parties seem to get hijacked by their base these days. The vast majority of the American public don't see most of the issues that seem to drive politicians and campaigns as even pressing matters, much less feel the need to take fundamentalist views of them. Most Americans respect the law, and understand that we have processes for changing the law. The seemingly constant need for one party to drag us back over ground we have already covered, compounded with the other parties constant need to drag us where we don't want to go, or are not ready to go, is dumbfounding. Neither party wants to settle the issue that drive their base, because they know that settling issues is done via Constitutional amendment, to the degree that any issue can be settled. Both parties are afraid of what they would lose should the people remember that they can amend the Constitution, and they are also afraid that they will no longer be able to whip voting base into voting for them, on issues that most people wouldn't even care about, unless the politicians and media were constantly cramming down our throats. I'm not voting for anymore candidates, that don't prepose to amend the constitution on these same old tired i issues that they seem to be always browbeating us with.