When my dad went there, if a fellow -- there were two things you could say about a member. One was, he's sincere. That meant he was a good guy. You could trust him. Didn't make any difference whether you agreed with him or not. He was sincere.
But if they said, he's insincere, that put you behind and beyond the Pale.
Today, members are so busy getting re-elected, spend so little time there, there's so much pressure on them from outside to be partisan and to fight, not to do the things that we're supposed to, such as compromising or working together. And compromise has gotten, George, to be a dirty word. And this is a great shame. The Founding Fathers intended something quite different.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And how do you keep your sense of mission after all this time?
DINGELL: Well, you got to love the job. And you got to love the country. And you've got to have goals and purposes and hopes. You got to have a closeness with the people. And you've got to understand what their hopes and dreams and desires are.
And I've got a pretty wonderful bunch of people in the 12th District of Michigan. They're wonderful, hard-working, decent people. And you get inspired just talking to those people.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And you served them well for more than half a century. Congressman, congratulations.
DINGELL: God bless you. Thank you.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And now, we honor our fellow Americans who serve and sacrifice.
This week, the Pentagon released the names of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
That's all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your Sunday with us. Check out "WORLD NEWS WITH DAVID MUIR" tonight. And I'll see you tomorrow on "GMA."