Compromise seems inherent in the mandate of power within the american system. Letting party-politics interfere with that seems to me to be a betrayal of the system and the voters who elected them.
inherent within the system. The idea is that both sides come up with solutions to problems, they debate, they negotiate, they work
, and whatever comes out the end is the best idea.
And partisan politics interfering with that system is
a betrayal of the voters who put them in office. Well, the sane ones, anyway. I might get called on a logic argument on this one, but most real, sane
Americans don't care if the person that fixes their problems is a Democrat or a Republican. What they care about is that their problems are being fixed
. Ergo, the people they're likely to vote for are the people they believe will help fix their problems.
The core of this problem is that at least one
side of our two-party system has decided that it is more important to stay in power, and wait for the American Slot Machine to spit out the triple 7 - President, House, and Senate, all dominated by that party - so that whatever it wants to do can be done largely unopposed. To them it's more important to hold on to what they have rather than actually try and work within the system.
I'm a fan of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report. Stephen had a guest on in the last couple of months, Ed Rendell, who was a former governor of Pennsylvania. He'd written a book, and one of the chapters he highlighted was called "Stand And Defend: There Are Some Things Worth Losing Your Job For."
Rendell went on to say that if you do not have some issue that you would say of, "I will go to the wall for this one," then you shouldn't be getting involved in politics. Period. Because, Red or Blue, this country needs people of integrity to run its government. And someone who's willing to change their minds every eight days because it might
be the more popular thing should not be allowed near the halls of power at all.
As an outside observer, it seems to me that lately a lot of that has been happening during the Obama administration with various republican politicians attempting to prevent anything from being done. I'm Australian so I can only offer the view we're seeing here from the other side of the planet, but it looks really bad from over here. I hope that now the election is over and Obama can't take another term after this one, that attempts at deliberate sabotage will cease.
Time will tell. Romney called for ending partisan shenanigans in his concession speech, and it looks like, for the moment, that's the direction that's being gone in. Whether or not that will stay...there's a part of me that doubts that, the part that says that until 2014 comes around, it's going to be more of the same by the Rs so that they can try and destroy the next
...despite the fact that it didn't work this time
. But then again, they're all a bunch of anti-intellectuals, so I don't suppose they're familiar with Einstein's Principle of Insantiy.