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Boehner has to decide whether to go with the Tea Party retards and make huge cuts, make no cuts and let the government shut down, or compromise with Democrats to make smaller, less radical cuts. Although I, for one, would love to see John Boehner uncomfortably snuggle up to Barney Frank, I don’t harbor any illusions about their ability to compromise. And guess what: it’s not their fault.
Although so many people throw the word compromise around as if it actually means something profound when they say it, most Americans don’t want their congressmen to compromise. “GASP! That’s absurd Bob! Of course we want compromise! We want to end partisan bickering and get something done in
Best bumper sticker line ever: "Tea Parties are for little
girls with imaginary friends."
Sorry to break it to you, but compromise means that you will have to give something up. It doesn’t mean that you brow-beat and stonewall the opposition until they capitulate and let you have your way entirely. But as we all know, not all Americans are akin to sacrifice when it comes to principles. We want to have our cake and eat it, too. Think I’m wrong? Go read Reinhold Niebuhr’s The Irony of American History, or Robert Kagan’s The Return of History and the End of Dreams.
If you want shit to get done in Congress you have to realize that politics is all about deciding which principles to sacrifice and which ones to keep intact. Machiavelli knew that in a world full of shit heads, it’s nearly impossible always to stick to your guns if you want to survive. Stop being fickle lovers by sending your representatives mixed messages. If you truly want compromise then start thinking of what you’re willing to give up, otherwise, stop whining.