Susan Stamper Brown

Reasonable people compromise. Unreasonable people do not. Instead, they trample over those around them to selfishly get their way. And the government is shut down this chilly October day in 2013 because unreasonable Democrats behaving like spoiled children would rather refuse treatment to terminally ill children, ravage the economy, disparage veterans and make the rest of our lives miserable -- than compromise.

The GOP has its share of problems, but one thing is absolute: Republicans made reasonable effort to pass legislation intended to keep non-partisan government agency programs running. All they asked for in return was to delay implementation of Obamacare, the Democrat Party's illegitimate lovechild that nobody wants.

Sometimes it's best to walk away. Sir Winston Churchill once so poetically quipped: "In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might." The GOP offered Democrats an easy out...a way to save face...even raise Obama's approval numbers. But sadly, and to the country's detriment, Democrats don't understand the art and value of compromise, let alone engage in it.

Merriam-Webster definition of compromise: "A way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute."

Obama-Reid-Pelosi definition of compromise: "Name-calling, threatening, and making life miserable until Republicans give up everything and Democrats give up nothing in order to get your way."

What possesses the heart of those who would allow harm to others in order to further an ideology? And how do they reconcile their consciences?

Per the Weekly Standard, the National Park Service was instructed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to barricade D.C.'s World War II Memorial, preventing the dwindling few of America's Greatest Generation from viewing that which was erected in their honor prior to their passing on.

If you wonder who's responsible for such callousness, look no further than Obama. According to "The core mission of OMB is to serve the President of the United States in implementing his vision across the Executive Branch...It reports directly to the implement commitments and priorities of the President."

Susan Stamper Brown

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