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To Compromise Or Not To Compromise, That Is The Question

From Atrios:

“Right now we have one political party that is very up front about and proud of their desire to mug everyone in the non-millionaire club, steal all their money, and give it to rich people. It’s time for the other political party to recognize that the era of dumb compromises is over, and if they’d actually come up with a way to help people, instead of a plan to set up a program to provide the incentives to blahblahblahblahblahblah…. “

The question I have is what happens when you stop compromising and everything grinds to a halt.  It’s easy enough to fault Obama and the Democratic Party for coming up short on the type of progressive change that we hoped we would see in his Presidency.  But the reality is that with the current makeup of Congress, the only way he was going to get anything done was via compromise.  And in the final analysis, there has been a lot of positive change over the last three years.  I don’t see how refusing to compromise with the right wing would have made things better.

The sad reality is that we live in a society where a huge proportion of people are selfish, greedy, and uncaring.  The sociopaths on the right don’t give a damn about the poor, the needy, the under-privileged, the handicapped, or even future generations of Americans for that matter.  And politically that’s just impossible to overcome.  How do you change these people?  To them, “freedom and liberty” is all about their “freedom” to be greedy and bigoted.  They seem to rejoice in their depravity.

Until there’s a sea change in society it seems to me that compromised solutions are as good as it’s going to get.