by Mark Parham
Disclaimer: These are the views of the author and not necessarily that of LC Admin
The adage is as old as the earth itself but relevant to so many issues everyday. Just in my household alone, it was heard so often that I literally had it tattooed across the top of my shoulder blades. Another thing as old as Mother Earth is there are always some people that are always right and some always wrong. Some on the left side of things and some on the right. For those that insist they are in the center, sorry, NO. You’re either Left or you’re Right. You’re either liberally minded or conservative minded. The Center is the biggest cop out on never having to explain you’re ideals. You tell me; but I consider myself a moderate, I can go either way depending on the issue of the day.
If this is your platform and you have to wait and see who needs your vote the most or to even take a side, then sorry, you have no ideals to speak of. It’s Left or Right. It is what it is.
All too often, when a compromise is being sought, it’s the conservative right that is pressured to give in with no common ground or concessions from the liberal left. Now, we can call liberals hard-headed all day long but aren’t conservatives just as hard-headed on their ideals? It is what it is. However, the uncompromising mindset of the liberal left has two prominent character traits: principled tenacity, which resists to give in to the compromise needed, and mutual mistrust, which elevates the willing opposition to the compromise itself. I believe Mahatma Gandhi said it best when he said: All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take. If our so-called conservative leadership is willing to cast off our fundamental beliefs to gain a compromise with Democrats, then we have reached no compromise, we merely gave up. It is what it is.
Compromise. It is what it is. It’s not a difficult thing to understand for most people who know what the desired result will bring about. On the other hand, liberals tend to think compromise is offering a deal and everyone else accepting it their way regardless what fundamental “core” beliefs we would shred by doing so. According to Webster, (Libs, it’s a dictionary) a compromise is thus: a: settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions. b: something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things.
Obviously, mutual concessions is not in the Democratic vocabulary. If it were, we would not be facing a fiscal cliff which I believe we have already fell off of and just waiting to see how hard we are going to hit bottom. Do the Democrats really care about compromising to soften the landing? Do they even think we are there yet? Is this going to affect their lives like it will affect the American people? Of course the answer to all three questions is an unequivocal NO. It is what it is.
America is hanging on by a thread. We have been on life support far too long and a full recovery looks dismal as long as Democrats and President Obama show no intentions of cutting out of control spending. It is what it is. How much longer can we sustain Trillion Dollar deficits every year and expect everything will be fine? How much more can we raise the debt ceiling before the margin is called in? In my opinion, we are on the cusp of something most Americans could never dream possible in our country.
On one side we have the Democrats offering more taxes and ZERO spending cuts. On the other, Republicans ceding to tax increases but asking for cuts and receiving none. How do we bring these arrows together to keep America breathing? Is there even a slight chance Democrats will act to meet half way or will it be the Republicans folding on our fundamental beliefs? In either case, negotiation is essential and it just ain’t happening. It is what it is.
It is apparent the Democratic Party is more dedicated to their principles than the Republican Party is to their own. We must do everything possible to assure our current GOP leadership that if they fail us on the fiscal cliff, then they have failed us on our conservative values and failed America as a whole. It’s simple.
IT IS WHAT IT IS!