This is the sixth Blog in a series that continues the discussion regarding leadership in America. When our founding fathers came together to write the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and Bill of Rights, they represented colonies and peoples that had diverse needs and different points of view. To form this country, they recognized that they were not going to get everything they wanted; that if their efforts were going to be successful, they had to compromise. And, this need to compromise was hard wired into the form of government that they agreed upon. Power is shared among the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of government with no Branch superior to the other two. What’s more, the Legislative Branch was further subdivided into the House of Representatives and the Senate. When you add in the Bill of Rights, our founding fathers went to great lengths to create an American government that demanded debate, argument, and most importantly compromise to get something done. Even with this governmental structure, they were able to form a new democratic government during a period of revolution, war, and immense uncertainty throughout the colonies. The ability to compromise demonstrated a person’s political skill and statesmanship as our country struggled to survive.
Fast forward to today and we face a new set of issues. But, today we seem to no longer value compromise and statesmanship. Today we see compromise as a weakness to be exploited to defeat those with opposing points of view. Politicians championing the far right and far left agendas, battle it out in front of the media trying to convince the American public that the other side is not just wrong, they’re completely wrong. Substantive debate has been replaced by fifteen second sound-bites and a willingness to compromise targets those individuals for defeat at the next election
.Follow me as I continue this discussion in my next Blog entitled “Ideology or Principle.”