Re: “America will disdain compromise at its own peril” (TNT, 5-11).
Tim Rutten’s excellent analysis of political trends away from compromise postulates that compromise is essential to the healthy political life of this country and that “a democratic system that disdains compromise has no way forward but the brutality of simple majoritarianism … a path sown with its own perils.”
Suppose my wife and I disagree over what color to paint the living room. Is this a life-or-death decision? Hardly. As a wise husband, I probably will let her win this one without a fight.
But what about far more serious issues of right and wrong, such as abortion? Should I vote for a pro-abortion candidate, a “choice” which I abhor, on the premise that such candidate promotes other respectable programs, all of this for the sake of compromise? I don’t think so.
Rutten writes: “. . . a majority of registered voters . . . say they prefer elected officials who stick to their positions over those who make compromises with people they disagree with.” To which I add: If these positions are moral and just, then yes: I expect those elected officials to abide by them, no matter what the cost. But applying pragmatic “solutions” for the sake of compromise when good and evil are involved? Never!