We Need Compromise Not Knife Fights

4 months ago Citizen#7 0

Democrats and Republicans are at each others throats daily with their own set of facts and position they protect at all costs. The losers in these daily battles are average citizens be they Democrat or Republican.

Right now the Democratic Party is the underdog, eight years ago it was the Republican party who was the underdog. Back then Democrats rolled back what the Republicans did. Today Republicans are busy planning to undo what the Democrats did. Where will we end up, probably about where we started, with little change.

Both parties don’t seem to be all that different. They promise lots, deliver little, and blame the other side for the problems.

We’ve become so polarized by “Alternate Facts”, “Fake News”, and a 24/7 news media dramatizing the differences rather than similarities between us to gain something called “market share” which translates to money for the network.  I for one am tired of “Breaking News” that often is far from important.

The elected elites in both parties have almost to a person taken money from lobbyists and PACS. Much of what they “know” about issues comes from lobbyists representing one side or the other of an issue. All but a few politicians play fast and loose with the truth. We citizens have allowed them to get away with lying, stealing, and ignoring average citizens. We’ve accepted this shabby treatment as “that’s the way it is”.

What we need is a political system that puts the welfare of average citizens above party, above PAC’s and lobbyists, and above the one percent. We need our elected officials to focus on whats best for the country not for any one politician or political party. The division that exists today in politics serves the rich and powerful. The more fighting and polarization that occurs the more the rich and powerful win and we lose. They win access to maintain the status quo or get the changes in the most powerful country in the world that benefits them.

We’ve lost an appreciation of compromise as a strength not a weakness. We have real issues like stagnant wages, job loss, enemies that wish us harm, and much more. What we don’t need are simple slogans and speeches that defy common sense. We don’t need to be placated with half truths and lies, we need our leaders to roll up their sleeves and honestly tackle the work that needs to be done.

To many times important work is tied with expensive strings that multiply costs many times and yield questionable benefits.  Often the “important work / legislation” costs multiple times more than it should. We working class citizens are left to pay the bill while the elected elite pat themselves on the back for a job “well done”. They are rewarded with increasing amounts of money to fill campaign coffers, and support lavish lifestyles.

Saul Alinsky in 1971 published a book called, “Rules for Radicals A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals”.

In his book Alinsky wrote,

It is a grave situation when a people resign their citizenship or when a resident of a great city, though he may desire to take a hand, lacks the means to participate. That citizen sinks further into apathy, anonymity, and depersonalization. The result is that he comes to depend on public authority and a state of civic-sclerosis sets in.

We as a country have been infected with the civic-sclerosis Alinsky spoke of. George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Our political elites in both parties as well as their big money masters have adopted Orwell’s Animal Farm philosophy at our expense.

Let’s take a breath and challenge all of our legislators on both sides to work together and do their job, after all they work for us, not the other way around.