Life is about negotiation. We negotiate our relationships — including marriage, which is a contract that many don’t take seriously. We negotiate our jobs, and we negotiate our interactions with our families. Those who are good at this tend to have relatively happy lives. While they don’t get everything they might want, they get more than most. When things go badly, they degrade into wars, and both sides lose. That is what was in the front of my mind last week, when I read the idiotic open letter to President Trump from the U.S. Press Corps.