jpete wrote:What set me off is the idea that a person is "wrong" if they won't "compromise". That seems to be the current thinking in politics today.
But if a person is "right", and demonstrably "right", then why should they yield their position?
Not to take sides, but are we mixing up political parties and people ? Politics and an individual's political opinions are two different things. The individual has much more leeway in sticking with their views, verses an elected official, no ?
Politics has long been referred to as, "The art of compromise" (at least it used to be.
). Individual positions, or opinions, don't have to compromise and within reason I don't think they should.
As an example of political, verse individual views, I just finished reading a brief study of the history of what the founding fathers went through, and how long it took them to come up with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as we know them today. It took a tremendous amount of time, debate and compromise - and much of it not so polite, calm, and reasonable as many think.
I doubt the average American knows how close we came to not having any Constitution at all, or at least not in it's present form.
It really is an amazing document of compromise when you know all the different, extremely strong, and often opposing views and special interests that went into making it. Yet, for all it's compromises, the individuals still got to keep their opinions.