Barbara Bush Says Compromise Not a Dirty Word

I have always rejected, obviously, those who fail to understand the necessity of compromise when it comes to fashioning public policy, and running the government.,  Every now and then someone with a Tea Party perspective will weigh in on this blog to comment that compromise is not worthy of striving for. I am horrified at how anyone can believe such a thing, and know full well they have little history to use as their foundation.

In the past, we have witnessed how some Republican members of Congress were threatened with a primary because they had the audacity to work with the other side.

What a dismal state of affairs it is when compromise is not understood to be a glue for our republic.

Ask conservative Republican U.S. Senator Bennett how his election in 2010 fared after he dared to venture into working partnerships with Democrats on the issues that impacted the nation. He lost his seat, in part for working with ‘the other side’.

When thoughtful and always blunt-spoken former Republican Senator Alan Simpson was asked about any possible run again for office he responded with, Oh, hell, no. Now it’s just sharp elbows, and instead of having a caucus where you sit down and say, “What are you going to do for your country?” you sit figuring out how to screw the other side.

In other words, there is no room for compromise, only time for partisan bickering.

With that in mind comes this statement from Barbara Bush.

“I think it’s been the worst campaign I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said Monday at Southern Methodist University during a daylong conference on the influence of the nation’s first ladies. “I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It’s not a dirty word.”

Perfectly stated.

I only wish more members of Congress understood that!

6 thoughts on “Barbara Bush Says Compromise Not a Dirty Word

  1. Gern Blanston, freelance malapropist

    Barbara Bush is completely insane. But, like 10,000 monkeys on keyboards, out of sheer chance, eventually she will say something that seems to make sense. The polite thing to do is to consider the source and look the other way.

  2. If compromise means, giving up on your beliefs and principles then don’t do it. I don’t think Ms. Bush should have expressed that. And so what? I guess she hates me. But at least I don’t capitulate.


  3. Skip,

    Henry Clay would just shake his head at you.

    Thomas Jefferson would wonder what is wrong with you, and Alexander Hamilton would agree that you are not material for a sit down anywhere near the famous dinner that allowed America to be a stronger and more united country.

    That you have no recognition of the need for compromise in a republic is astounding.

    The saddest part is you are not even aware of why you are the weakest link.

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