Whatever happened to compromise?

May 30, 2019

Mike Wilcox Editor/Publisher

As I sit back and reflect on this Memorial Day, I can’t help but think this country could be so much better if we all could just get along.

For the past several years we have been split evenly- those more liberal who favor abortion, immigration, oppose President Trump etc., vs those that think Trump is the bomb, abortion should be banned, and the wall should be built.

Personally I think it is great that there is a variance of opinion. What I don’t think is great is the unwillingness of either side to compromise. It seems if you love Trump, you will not agree with anything those that oppose him might think and vice-versa if you dislike Trump and his policies compromising on any of your beliefs is practically treasonous.

Why has compromise become such a dirty word? Why is every position I stand for and promote the only right position? Can’t I study the other person’s opinion and either agree to disagree or concede that they might even make sense?

I was taught long ago that there is two sides to every story. There is never a totally right and a totally wrong and that usually your conclusion should be somewhere in the middle of the two opinions.

In modern day society, however, this way of thinking is on the decline.
Many of us think we are totally right, and those that might have a differing opinion can’t be of sound mind.

This seems most evident in the political arena.

President Trump has his agenda and his opposition has theirs. Neither side will concede one inch to the other, thus government remains stalemated with little getting done.

One clear example is immigration. A comprehensive immigration package has been talked about for years, but do you think our representatives can get such legislation passed? Of course not, because they have tossed aside the ability to compromise.

Unfortunately in real life we practice what our peers teach us in the legislative world.

We post our opinions on social media and tell those that don’t like what we have to say to take a hike or risk being unfriended.

We disown family members or friends that might have an opinion we don’t share. Very few of us actually take the time to study opposing viewpoints.

Personally I try not to form an opinion based on legislators, social media or educators. I try to take the time to study both sides of an issue, and then I usually still, have a difficult decision deciding what my opinion is.

I think if people were more deliberate in their decision making they might be able to see that a contrary opinion may have merit.

And if we can see that merit, just maybe we can sit down and craft a conclusion that both sides can live with.

Just think if we were able to conclude that certain aspects of Trump’s immigration policy could be implemented as well as other aspects being pushed by liberals.

Maybe after 30 years we could actually put a real policy in place.
Reality tells me I’m dreaming.

Politicians just like you and I have a difficult time admitting that they/we aren’t totally right.

Until we can make that admission, this topsy-turvy world won’t get much better, I’m afraid.

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