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Time to Lead from the Middle

Andrew292 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 4:02 PM
The big problem with compromise in government is it takes away the argument of whether or not to spend and instead converts to a discussion where the spending always occurs and the compromise is only over how much. As far as history? Really? Civil War? Go re read some of your sources, both on the causes of the civil war, and on deep periods of political acrimony in the US. You will find far deeper political discord in the 60's and 70's (Nixon was re-elected for a reason. Americans rejected the anarchy of the left not unlike the occupy ers. ) the mid 30's were also deeply divisive. We tend to forget the early years of Roosevelt, beyond the bs regarding the new deal that has been dumped on us. Go read some actual period newspapers

Someone once said, history repeats itself because no one was listening the first time. All one needs to do is look at the ever-widening ideological divide and partisan bickering going on in America to understand Americans are slow learners. And, unless a Lincolnesque figure rises to the occasion, America is headed for another Civil War sans the bloodshed.

Sure, today's ideological war is waged with words rather than muskets and canons, but it still reaps similar results when extremists on both sides of the political aisle refuse to consider any common ground --simply because they want to get their way....