Roger Chapin

Surely it would now seem the odds are against any kind of substantive cooperation between Republicans in the new Congress and the President. But it just may be that the stars are aligning for 2012 in such a way as to make meaningful compromise a practical alternative to gridlock.

Gridlock could prevent the necessary conditions from developing that would revive the economy before the 2012 election, thus dooming Obama’s reelection prospects. The blame will largely fall on the Democrats and voters will decide the only way to fix things is to finish the job they just started. But if this is so, what incentive would the Republicans have to compromise? Rather, let the Democrats continue to stew in their own juice. From the perspective of fiercely partisan politicos, this is a hard mindset to change – especially given that the Republicans are totally focused on recapturing the Senate and the White House in 2012.

There is, however, one potentially overriding issue that sadly has yet to surface, but which could and should prompt the Republicans to overwhelmingly come down on the side of compromise. That’s our national security and the urgency of eliminating the fast-emerging prospect of a nuclear doomsday right here in America. If this comes to pass, nothing else will matter.

Be aware that a single nuclear missile fired from a freighter off the U.S. coast and detonated some 300 miles above Kansas could put virtually our entire country back into the early 1800’s. The resulting electromagnetic pulse effect (EMP) could knock out most of our computers and electronics, shutting down the electric grid system and leaving us without power, light, heat, water, transportation and most agriculture. The chairman of the congressionally authorized EMP Commission estimated 70 to 90% of our entire population would die from starvation and disease within one year. And given the fanatical and totally irrational, apocalyptic mentality of the radical Islamists, such an EMP attack is not just a possibility, it’s a probability. From the radicals’ horribly warped perspective, no matter how massively we retaliated, they’d still be the winners.

Roger Chapin

Roger Chapin has had a distinguished and varied career in both the nonprofit and entrepreneurial worlds.