In light of the recent comments made by Governor Jeb Bush, the topic of partisanship deserves discussion. Governor Bush called both parties to blame for a lack of compromise, saying that his father and Reagan were successful because they were willing to “put policy solutions above political wins.” In politics today, it’s as if both parties would exterminate the other like cockroaches given the chance, doing so with a grin. Has the idea of “two heads is better than one” been forgotten? Do not forget a setting in Philadelphia in the late 1700’s where great minds came together to work through a problem. Compromise worked then, it can work now.
The differing sides need each other. As viewed by Democrats, the Republican Party could be compared to a frugal, hard-nosed,
we’re-not-buying-the-expensive-toilet-paper-this-week-because-we-can’t-afford-it kind of husband. Conversely, as viewed by Republicans, the Democratic Party is comparable to a compassionate, tender-hearted, I-want-to-adopt-all-the-orphans-and-save-all-the-stray-pets kind of wife. The reason this couple works together is that they balance each other out. Alone, the husband would do well financially, but leave all the poverty-stricken individuals to fend for themselves, which is not acceptable. Similarly, if left to her own devices, the wife would adopt all the orphans and save all the stray animals, but very quickly go bankrupt and on welfare because she went about filling the orphan’s and animals needs before looking at the budget, which is also not acceptable. Together, these individuals can care for needy individuals while at the same time keeping their heads above water financially for years to come. Are politics all that different?
Imagine now if either the husband or wife in this relationship were so rigid in their views that compromising would cause their universe to careen out of space. An unwillingness to compromise and come to an understanding of differences will bring nothing but grief. After all, look at what happened to the Montagues and Capulets. The fact is that neither the Democrats nor Republicans are simply going to disappear, so they had better learn to live with each other. Who knows; maybe some good could even come of it.
The Jeb bush story is everywhere, including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and The New York Times. Among hundreds of comments on each of these sites, there was only one on the Huffington Post article that hinted at the idea of the parties compromising and working together for the common good of America. Is that idea so far gone? That is left to be seen. For now, one must hope this couple can work out their differences, because their home is feeling the strain.