Rodney King‘s famous plea, “Can’t we all just get along “during the LA riots is still as relevant today, as it was back in 1992. I find myself asking the same question, over and over again. Why can’t we (as a Nation) all just get along? Why must it always be the Democrats against the Republicans, the tea party against the Liberals, the conservative Christians against gay rights, Muslims against Christians (you get my point). Even a rogue scholar can point out the obvious: we are all in this together. We must learn the art of compromise to solve the nation’s problems.
Achieving a political utopia where the warring parties compromise to achieve goals is not impossible. Compromise in favor of the American people is not a concession of personal convictions, per se. Simply put, when two or more parties reach a compromise, they personify mutual respect. Having a mutual respect for each other includes giving credence to opposing views. We may both concede that the sky is blue. We may, however, differ in opinion of what shade of blue the sky is. For once I’d love to hear our leaders’ say that while they don’t agree on all of the issues, they are willing to compromise in order to do what is best for the American PEOPLE.
Sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot, and vice-versa. Compromise means that while the parties can agree to disagree, they are at least willing to move beyond the barriers of selfishness and consider other factors.
The few who are willing to brave the shark infested waters of postured arrogance will reach the welcoming shores of compromise. And, maybe, just maybe Americans will rise to the occasion and mirror the same behavior.