IMHO - no one is doing a particularly good job right now. The most important value reflected among our founding fathers was compromise. This nation would have never been formed if a minority - or a majority - of the founders had insisted that our Constitution only reflect their values without making any concessions to tho they disagreed with. Even the majority is obligated to adhere to a standard set of protections that insure a baseline of rights for the minority. One recent case of Democrats doing a poor job of following that example was when they went behind locked doors, wrote healthcare legislation, and passed it without allowing any dissenting input. An example of Republicans doing a poor job of following that example is .... well .... virtually everything since then. If you are truly dedicated to your principles, then you must also be committed to getting as much of those principles reflected in legislation - which means negotiation and compromise.