Hey Harry Reid, I’ve got your compromise, right here…
This may not be a popular thing to reveal, but I’m going to do it anyway. I am okay with not always getting my way. As the father of four girls, I would love to spend the miniscule amount of free time I do have with the television on. But I don’t get to always watch the shows I want to watch. I have to compromise. Same goes with what type of restaurant we’re going to visit. If the entire family is part of that equation, I weigh the pros and cons, and arrive at a choice that will be something that everyone will eat (and not waste the money on). How much would I really enjoy a meal that I want, while the rest of the family spends that glorious ten minutes rolling their eyes at me?
Compromise is a necessary skill. It’s not always pleasant, but give and take on both sides is a necessity.
So when did this stop being the case for Democrats in Congress?
Congress’ approval rating is presently hovering around 9%, only slightly higher than the rating for the “Al Sharpton Sings Jimmy Buffett Tunes” Facebook fan page. There are many theories about this low rating, but the general consensus seems to be the lack of working together.
I’m old enough to remember when our representatives had to propose their bills with a very light pencil, so that they could easily revise what was being proposed in order to get the bill through, with some of what they originally asked for intact. Make no mistake, I’m NOT calling for principles to be compromised, but rather a process where no one gets everything they want. That’s the point of having a system with checks and balances in place. It exists for a reason.
Congress spends most of the time separated into two groups: The constantly shocked and pissed crowd, and those constantly ready to feel offended. I blame both parties for this. Running legislation through in the middle of the night is bullshit, as is shutting the whole thing down because you don’t like the way something is heading. Grow up, kids.
You know another factor for that low approval rating? Continuously trying to tell the American people what they really feel and need. You are representatives of the people. Act like it. This week, Senate majority leader Harry “The Cryptkeeper” Reid decided to explain that the latest Obamacare extension was needed because the American people were “not educated” about the internet.
This coming from a guy that still sends out memos to his staff with the “Grandma just got her new computer machine font”:
tHIS iS sENATOR rEID aGAIN.
If Harry wants to single out a group of not-the-brightest-bulbs-on-the-internet, he might want to direct that critique towards the Obamacare website creators, but I digress…
Harry Reid has been in office since The Beatles released, “Abbey Road”. Think about that. He epitomizes the career politician. Reid has refused to entertain debate or compromise in dozens of instances with his “friends across the aisle”. By the way, with some of these exchanges between representatives of both parties, the American people are pretty hip to the fact that you despise one another. Adding that, “friends across the aisle” line makes most of us more frustrated than Joe Biden trying to tackle a long division problem.
It is imperative we recognize there are representatives trying their very best to represent the people that sent them to Washington, D.C. They do exist. I’ve met many politicians that are just as frustrated with the lack of compromise as we all are. They are out there. They battle daily with the onset of apathy, which is a killer, when representing their constituents. Not only that, but sarcastic rants from average Joes like myself.
So, how do we get these cats compromising again? I’d love to say term limits, but the chance of that happening is only slightly higher that I get bitten by a radioactive spider this week. How about getting involved at the local level and learning about what a politician believes in? Ask questions. You are allowed to do this. They are supposed to represent you.