Compromise Yields Progress for all Americans
By CE "Chuck" Marshall
I like a compromise. I do it every day in my work as a plant broker. It works, we talk, we each want one thing but each party "gives" a little and we come to an agreement then a transaction is completed and we both walk away happy. Compromise works. Our nation was established and built on numerous compromises. It was born and developed on compromise. Yes, there was disagreement but in the end each side moved in order to allow the essence of liberty, freedom and justice to be established and grow strength. Today, we have no compromise in government or the media (of which the difference is hard to tell since most media take a political side) and it's all about the combat. Who's going to win? Who has the better candidate ? Who takes advantage of the American people better ?
Whatever happened to compromise ? Why is there no compromise? I think there are many reasons. Americans (and perhaps all people, I suppose) tend to see things as a game or sport so since we can all watch on TV the debate, we start choosing sides as if its the FSU Seminoles VS the Florida Gators. We also have a media that profits from the argument not the agreement. Since it's more money for them and their corporate overlords, the fight is on. Finally, because our federal government is so powerful and capable of issuing trillions of dollars of debt to throw at nearly any problem (no matter the consequence to future generations) then it's easy to suckle at the tit of "everybody else's money".
I'm convinced that the overwhelming size and power of the federal government is a detriment to the ordinary Americans and our future. I'm convinced it gets in the way of progress rather than enhances progress. I'm convinced that the only solution to keeping a representative government both here and abroad is to keep a tight grip on its power, to disperse its power whenever logical, and to encourage compromise between the two philosophies of government; Government VS Private at the local level according to those being governed. The consent of the governed is key.
We still hold the power as individuals living in the United States of America. The key to domestic tranquility is to reestablish this power and to encourage compromise. What with all that being said, I am reverting the name of this blog, hopefully for the last time; "Marshall in the Middle" for its implication to compromise and as a homage to my family name of which I am very proud.
Have a nice day ! 😊