As the father of a nine-year-old, I am well versed in the art of compromise.
I clearly understand the principle that if I want peace and harmony, I must master the art of the deal. At the end of the discussion, neither of us gets completely what we want. As historians will note, compromise used to be an integral part of American Politics - a practice that seemingly started with Alexander Hamilton, the man who was in the room where it happened but has famously ended somewhere in the late 80s between the Regan and Bush administrations.
While campaigning for the 1988 presidential election, George Bush famously said, "Read my lips, no new taxes." Two years later, he compromised with the Democrats and the rest is political and American history.
An uncompromising mindset is great for campaigning but not so much for governing.
Consider This: Our democracy has evolved from political compromise to political hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle. The same group that applauded the employees of the Red Hen restaurant for refusing to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders because she works in the Trump White House is also the same group that decried the Supreme Court's decision to uphold a Denver bakery's right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
Meanwhile, the most ardent supporters of the Second Amendment have no issues in shooting holes all through the First Amendment. Our rights can no longer be a convenience we turn to just when it suits our arguments. These are challenging times we live in and the political reality now is that politicians are always campaigning and that gets in the way of governing and moving us forward.
We must stop the us vs. them mindset and realize that not everything is an absolute. If we don't relearn the essential American gift of compromise, we will continue to widen this great country's political chasm and slow our progress.
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