“Compromise”

Posted on August 31, 2012

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Well, it is official. The Republican National Convention is over and it will be Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan who will challenge Barack Obama and Joe Biden in that every four year World Cup sporting event we call the American  “Presidential  Elections”. Politics has been defined as the “art  of compromise”. Without compromise we have what we call “gridlock”. So, if Romney and Ryan win in November and if the Republicans are fortunate enough to control both Houses of Congress, do you really think they are going to Washington to “compromise” with the Democrats? When Obama and the Democrats controlled both Houses, did they “compromise” with the Republicans? They didn’t even talk to the Republicans. It was a policy of exclusion in regards to the Republicans.

There will be no room for compromise if Romney and Ryan and the Republicans take control of our federal government next year. Do I say that because I want the Republicans to take their revenge out on the Democrats? No, it has nothing to do with revenge. Long time readers of Conservatives on Fire know what my definition of “right”, “left”, and “center” are. The “center” is a federal government as described by the enumerated powers in the constitution. The “right” is composed of those who would reduce the enumerated powers and the “left” are those who would increase the enumerated powers. Well, we know who has been winning that battle for the last 200 plus years. Think of our federal government today as a structure. A very complicated, complex, Rube Goldberg structure. In my opinion, 90% of this structure is constructed to the left of what our Founders described in the constitution.  A good example is our tax code. What a nightmare. The other day I heard an interview with Herman Cain in which he was asked “What is the most important change a new Romney administration should make after taking office?” Cain didn’t hesitate. he said they should attack the tax code.  He said they should not try to fix the tax code but should throw it out and start over again. I agree because the tax code is beyond fixing, in my opinion. But,  I am getting off track here.

Because our federal  government is so close to becoming an all-powerful socialist government,  not to mention  that we are heading for a debt crisis of unimaginable proportions, there is no room for the Republicans to compromise. If the Republicans take control, they absolutely must turn this ship of state around. And quickly. Bbecause, as Paul Ryan said in his acceptance speech the other night, time is running out!

Sooner or later, however, we must come to terms with the fact that the Democrats will win back control of one of the Houses of Congress. What do the Republicans do then. Well, if they must compromise, they need to take a lesson from Obama and the Democrats and all statists, for that matter.

Last Saturday Billy Hollis wrote a post at Questions and Observations about an interview that President Obama gave to Associated Press (AP), in which Obama accused Romney of having

locked himself into “extreme positions” on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life.

But, to demonstrate what a reasonable man he is, Obama went on to say that in his second term

If Republicans are willing, Obama said, “I’m prepared to make a whole range of compromises” that could even rankle his own party. But he did not get specific.

How magnanimous of our Dear Leader. What Obama means by “compromise”; what Democrats and statist always mean by “compromise” is that they will continue to propose moving our federal government to the left in one mile increments; but, if the other side behave themselves, they will compromise by only moving to the left in half mile increments. That, my friends, is the lesson Republicans must learn. When they have to compromise, it should be to accept a half mile increment toward the “center” instead of the one mile increment they were asking for. That is the only way we can hope to “right” this ship of state that is listing dangerously  to the port side.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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