Compromise in Congress has become a curse. But, it shouldn’t be. Most of our greatest milestones came about because reasonable people were willing to sit down and come to reasonable decisions.
Check out my favorite Sunday Morning headline. Why is it different now? Because 20-50 years ago, Congress had a much different feel-a much different mentality.
Reagan and Tip O’Neill fought like cats and dogs, but at the end of the day they put the party line aside and did what was in the best interest of the Nation.
No more. Not now. Today, some members of Congress think they’re right at all cost. If you happen not to agree, you’re the one that’s wrong. Period. No discussion unless you’re willing to come around to “their” way of thinking.
They feel (notice the emotion) that God handpicked them for the job. (Well, He must have because they won, right?) There’s no compromise because God doesn’t compromise (how many times have I heard that?).
So, feuding took place on Capitol Hill. The wedge became a cannon; the stream of mistrust became a raging river. Now, there’s literally hate. Hate because some members will not budge and are willing to take the government down if need be.
(Picture two years go.) In the eyes of the old guard, letting government fail to prove a point is treason. Yes, the old guard was all about winning. But, not winning at any cost. They had the courage and fortitude to step up to the plate and do the right thing, because it was right. Not perfect, but right.