My View From The Country

What Ever Happened To Political Compromise?

by Troy Marshall
Apr 23, 2013

Perhaps it’s a symptom of the times we live in, but pragmatism and compromise aren’t accepted practices anymore.

Politics creates strange bedfellows; it can also create some real twisted logic. One side can trumpet individual liberty when it comes to one issue, but support government interference on another – it depends on the group’s goals and objectives.

I recently was sent some discussion pieces on liberty by two political groups. I found it humorous that both groups made the same argument based on liberty and government’s role, but simply reversed positions depending on the issue. What these politicians or groups should really say is: “I will say whatever I think will work to move my agenda forward.”

The recent gun control debate was a wonderful case study. I was intrigued to see the headlines about how the will of the people was subverted due to political influence following the defeat last week of expanded background checks. The headlines were right in that the majority of people support expanded background checks, but these same media outlets certainly didn’t run similar headlines when Obamacare was passed, even though the majority of Americans disapproved of it.

Perhaps it’s a symptom of the times we live in, but pragmatism and compromise aren’t accepted practices anymore. Today, it seems we have more staunch and unbending ideologues – people who will do or say anything to advance their agenda. The result is that either little of real substance is accomplished, or something being rammed down the other side’s throat.

The result of this impasse is that our elected legislators are unable to pass good or lasting legislation. Thus, the bureaucracy is increasingly relied on to create a workable solution and implement the rules. Meanwhile, the opposition turns to the courts. The truth is that while there will always be winners and losers in politics, the goals are rarely mutually exclusive.


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Many of us will never compromise our Second Amendment rights, though everyone agrees that something must be done to address the cycle of violence that pervades our country today. Neither side trusts the other. Some of us may not believe in the government taking over a huge portion of the economy, as it’s doing with Obamacare, but most would agree that the skyrocketing cost of health care is on an unsustainable course.

It seems we’re incapable today of fixing problems, or even agreeing on how to address them. So, while the politicians will say whatever it takes to advance their agenda, the real losers are the people who vote for them.


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Discuss this Blog Entry 4

Wallace (not verified)
on Apr 26, 2013

Press was correct? Maybe. But what was the question? There is no way with out manipulation of the question that 90% of Americans would agree with the background checks that were suggested. To back up such a thing by saying they were correct is as bad as the lies of omissions that has been spread by the liberal media.
Compromise with what the liberals want only whittles away at our abilities to work and live.
Hold to what is right.

on Apr 26, 2013

Commentary from Paul R. Beane on KFYO radio:
Good afternoon, I'm Paul R. Beane and I'm your right wing gun nut.

You know me and fellow gun owners are responsible for all the carnage in our streets and our schools.
Never mind that Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than my entire collection of firearms.
Most of these I have owned since childhood when I saved my pennies and nickels in order to purchase them and each and everyone is in perfect working order.
It is the responsible gun owners of today that are blamed for all the shootings. Obama calls us the right wing gun nuts, clinging to our guns and bibles.
But let’s take a little closer look. The Fort Hood shooter, was a Muslim, and a registered Democrat.
The Virginia Tech shooter wrote hate mail to George Bush and his staff. He was a registered Democrat.
Aurora Colorado shooter was a staff worker on the Obama campaign and took part in Occupy Wall Street. He was a progressive liberal and guess what? A registered Democrat.
The Newtown, Conn. shooter hated Christians and was a registered Democrat.
The Columbine high school shooters were too young to vote, but both of their families were progressive liberals and registered Democrats.

And, not a single one of these killers were members of the National Rifle Association.
So I have figured out how to make this country much safer: Leave the guns alone and lock up all the Democrats.
Paul R. Beane

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 26, 2013

I hate to throw a wrench in your weirdo right-wing generalizations, but anyone with any science background knows that a theory is disproved once a refuting argument is introduced: I'm a liberal Democrat, farmer, gun-owner (lots), and I don't think gun background checks are detrimental to my country's 2nd Amendment's meaning. Maybe you don't realize that background checks already are in place for some gun sales? Try not to be so paranoid. I'm betting you love hate radio too, right?

The NRA is not known for it's collective brain.....

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 26, 2013

As a ;moderate Republican, we own several guns, but we see no reason to have (or use) "assault guns" or be able to go and buy one from shows when most people have to sign for them at stores. They were prohibited from 1994 to 2004, right? and did that infringe on your rights? Look at firearms when the 2nd ammendment was written and agreed upon. How many of you have traveled to other countries to learn that we aren't the only good people in the world? We were on our way home from another country and heard one of the "hate-speakers" talking and then knew why some in other countries (because this particular person's comments are carried in other countries) dislike us for acting as if we are the only knowledgeable people in the world.

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