Probably, I suppose. What's the alternative?

And we could choose to be uncomfortable about that – it's American tradition, of course – but pretending we agree when we don't sounds a lot like lying, and that type of lying that hands a lot of decision-making over to manipulative panderers.

In my family we call them 'politicians'. Bah-dum-tsch.

Better to be comfortable with strongly felt principles. I don't perceive people being overly attached to moral principles – perhaps some strange policy someone is being obstinate about is rooted there, but is that policy truly so important we should throw away a principle? If so, perhaps it's better to try and change those principles directly. That seems like a much better conversation than just pretending a good compromise is the type of thing that makes everyone unhappy.