Compromise: A three syllable word with lots of meaning
What is Compromise? Merriam Webster says that Compromise is:
1. agreement: a settlement of a dispute in which two or more sides agree to accept less than they originally wanted
2. something accepted rather than wanted: something that somebody accepts because what was wanted is unattainable
Compromise also has another meaning:
1. potential danger or disgrace: exposure to danger or disgrace
We hear often that there has to be “Compromise” in Washington and by all reckoning that is what they do to get “things” done in DC.
However, when a Progressive wants a Conservative to “Compromise” it is almost always means to compromise ones principles. Even so called moderate Republicans talk of becoming centrist and compromise our principles.
Yet when Progressives say you have to compromise it almost always means not meeting them in the middle but to agree with their point of view.
The current “crisis” is DC is a classic example of this..
You have one side trying to stand on principles, you know the one that when you promise to do something you actually do it, then you have the other saying you must compromise but we are not budging.
In other words we have to agree with them. There is no compromise.
It doesn’t matter who is right and who is wrong… They both are wrong and so is the President.
I have heard many Liberals and even many Politicians say “We won” (election) and the majority has spoken… If we lived in a Democracy they might be right, but we live in a Representative Republic and like it or not Ted Cruz was doing exactly what his Constituents elected him to do and what the Constitution allows.
The so called shut down of Government is exactly what the Founders foresaw and it is completely, well normal, when there is a fundamental disagreement of principles between the branches of Government.
But one thing is very clear the Executive is not above Congress and the House has every right and is with in the boundaries of the Constitution to fund bills as they see fit.
It is also within the authority of the Executive to veto them … but to not even sit down with the “other” side is not a function of Government.
So who is shutting down Government?