A Pledge to Work Together: If Only That Were True

The 2014 elections resulted in the control of the Senate shifting from the Democrats to the Republicans. With this shift, the Republicans now control both Houses of Congress. But, the Democrats still occupy the White House and the President has the power of the veto. Based on these election results, we have a another partisan political standoff and if there is any chance for this Congress and President to accomplish anything, they will have to compromise or otherwise we will face two more years of doing nothing regarding the major issues of the day.
The President and leaders of the Congress all proclaimed that the American people have spoken and they want their elected representatives to work together to solve the problems facing the nation. Both sides immediately took to the media and pledged to work together. But, in the same breath the President stated that he was moving ahead on issuing an executive order regarding immigration while the Congressional leaders stated that one of their top priorities was to repeal the Affordable Care Act which is perhaps the land mark legislation that defines this President’s legacy. Consequently, the old partisan maneuvering and party politics permeated the very newscasts where the Democrats and Republicans were pledging to compromise. The honey moon is already over and the big loser is the American people. If compromise and moderation fail to take hold, then the far left and far right will push their radical agendas and attempt to regain control of their respective parties. The posturing for the next election in 2016 will begin in earnest.

Paul Okum has 40 years’ experience with the Federal Government in the Departments of Transportation, Interior, Army, and Defense in leadership positions, including being a US Army officer and a director of a human resources office in the Department of Defense. Okum has written “Leadership DNA,” a guide book about identifying, selecting, and developing natural born leaders. The book also explains how to deal with poor performing leaders before they cripple an organization. For more information about Paul Okum and “Leadership DNA,” visit

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