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.”
I only wish more members of Congress understood that!