- Posted October 2, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Compromise, Why is it so Hard?
Currently emotions are high in America due to the shut down of the federal government. When emotions run high we seek to foist blame on the people that created this unrest. It seems that a lot of this blame comes from more emotion than a clear understanding of the entire situation.
I think we are all looking for our political leaders to reach some sort of compromise,
Compromise is defined as an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions. It requires an ability to listen to two sides in a dispute and then devise a solution that is acceptable to both.
Currently we are seeing politicians who are being obstinate.
Obstinate is defined as stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so.
I keep hearing people foist all of the blame on the republicans in the House of Representatives as if they have no right to honor the wishes of their constituents.
I have heard quite a few people say that the people voted the president back into office and that means that they voted for Obamacare right along with their vote for him. I kind of get the feeling that the president believes that since he won the last presidential election, he has been given license to do whatever he pleases and no one should question him because he feels the people have spoken.
The problem with that line of reasoning is that those House Republicans that everyone wants to blame were also elected or re-elected in the last election. These same House Republicans that it seems everyone loves to hate ran on a platform of repealing Obamacare.
So here we are, the president feels that he is mandated by the people to keep his signature piece of legislation and the Republicans feel like they must repeal it to honor the wishes of the people that voted for them.
With two such strong positions there has to be compromise, you know where each side concedes something to arrive at a plan that everyone can live with.
The House has crafted lots of different plans and has offered concessions to reach a compromise. The Senate refuses to hear them; Senate Majority leader Harry Reid is currently being obstinate, stating the only bill they will pass will be his bill, the one that offers no concessions.
In case people have forgotten, members of the House of Representatives are elected every two years, while members of the senate serve 6 year terms. In my opinion, the House is more representative of what “the people” want because they have to face the people every two years and because they represent districts verses an entire state. I think it is easy for Senators to fall out of touch with the people since their terms are so long.
Who do you blame?
Who has compromised?
Who is obstinate?