Why Can’t the GOP and Democrats Compromise?
Over the past few months, politics has become so divided that not only are Democrats and Republicans unwilling to compromise, but within the Republican Party there is a divide on the issues and views. Without more unity among Republicans and more reasonable reactions from Democrats, compromise is impossible. Being partisan for partisan’s sake is not leadership. It’s shirking responsibility.
The President has run into a situation with his own party where they are not willing to compromise among themselves. Witness the debacle over attempts to fix the Affordable Care Act.
But as Harry Truman said, the buck stops with the President. It is his, responsibility to find unity. And it is the leadership of both parties to work with the President to make progress on much needed reforms. Can anyone truly argue against change? Even then candidate Hillary Clinton preached the need for change. And former President Bill Clinton openly admitted the Affordable Care Act wasn’t’ working.
The challenge that the President has is that he needs to find a way to placate the lawmakers who are not acting rationally – on both sides of the aisle. This will be his biggest task yet, as neither the Republican nor Democratic lawmakers want to be placated—they prefer to act volatile and stubborn, and disregard every idea belonging to the President and/or Speaker of the House.
Not only does our federal government have issues with bipartisanship legislation, but we have major rifts within our own parties. Only when the Republicans can come together and form as one united front can we then make an effort to offer an olive branch to the Democrats. And unitl the Democrats have a serious conversation with the Republican leadership, they can bid farewell to any reforms they’d like to advance. Washington cannot start making bipartisan compromises until its party’s fences are mended.