Are we powerless?

I think that many people feel that we are on the crazy train with no way to get off of it. We are at the mercy of the president and the very partisan people that work in Washington who supposedly work for us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see how they represent our wants/needs.
Back in the good old days state representatives were elected to go to Washington and make their constituents proud by working for their State and properly representing their people. Some would argue that it’s still that way. You get elected by the majority in your state and you’re in! However, what follows after isn’t necessarily what was originally intended by a Senate and House representation in the early days.
What I see today is severe partisanship. Voting for or against something because my party says it’s what we should do, not because it’s the right thing to do. We have a couple of main breeds and they don’t mix. What happened to doing or creating things that’s best for all of us?
I see example after example of this. The most recent was the Affordable Care Act replacement vote. The way I saw it, the republicans threw together a replacement in a fairly large hurry without the input of the democrats. I personally think that the replacement wasn’t ready and democrats agreed and didn’t like who was going to get hurt in the process. It was a good thing that a few republicans saw that this might not be a good thing and were balking at supporting the bill. My favorite part of it was that President Trump made threats about the vote. The rough quote was ” If you don’t vote this in, you’ll be stuck with ObamaCare, we won’t revisit it” He made it sound like it was now or never, a bullying move that frankly didn’t work. So before the vote, he pulled the bill. Looking at it, he didn’t have a choice if he wanted to save face. He didn’t want to have to back up that childish threat of sticking us with health care that isn’t right. My hope and dream is that we can somehow get past the partisan ideals and truly work on things as they should be done, as they were meant to be done. Unfortunately we pretty much are left on the sidelines watching it all play out without any control.