Between Holy Writ and wholly wrong, there's leadership

  • Article by: Norman Sherman and John Stewart
  • Updated: July 21, 2013 - 9:10 PM

The U.S. Congress functions properly, productively and in the national interest only when there is a willingness to cooperate and, if necessary, compromise — even where different views and goals exist. Purity is not policy. It is posturing. Legislative argument is not between Holy Writ and wholly wrong.

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pumiceJul. 21, 13 9:31 PM

Declaration of Interdependence.... That expression captures the spirit of the great experiment to which the Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor and illuminates the path which will lead us, their posterity, closer to the exceptional union which they envisioned.

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orpheus90Jul. 21, 1311:24 PM

Holy Writ and Wholly Wrong serves nicely as a metaphorical phrase for the manichean mindset that has taken hold of our politics. But whatever you want to call it, we need to push it into an endgame and simply end it. And soon. What should have been a sideshow has now become the mainshow and the nation has suffered genuine harm because of it. As for endgames, the republicans are pursuing a scorched earth strategy that will inevitably boomerang and implode the party. We're already seeing it. And such an end can't come fast enough. Then again, hypothetically, the republicans could win by hook and crook, particularly if they succeed in gerry-rigging the election system. Such things have happened before - though the country would quickly become unlivable and I highly doubt the republicans could command the allegiance of the nation by tipping it into some digital age variant of oligarchic/plutocratic fascism, even if they brand and peddle it as "liberty". And there would be no compromise in such a system, only capitulation.

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RankenFyleJul. 22, 13 8:05 AM

But alas, we meander forward in an age of instant media gratification, eschewing the opportunity for contemplative reflection of the issues at hand, in favor of appeasing the latest poll or news cycle, with our digital immaturity in full display. The age of rapid technology growth has given almost everyone a voice and an amplifier. Unfortunately, we as a digital society are still in the nursery stage and have much to learn about separating the chaff from the wheat.

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braxozJul. 22, 13 8:58 AM

Amen!

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davehougJul. 22, 1311:47 AM

came to be because serious and decent opponents sought common ground - - - Folks are elected today by the parties. Canidates need the big bucks handed out by party hard-core. Officials answer to their own most strident activists of both left and right.

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kcmamaJul. 22, 1312:43 PM

"Purity is not policy." Beautifully written.

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pumiceJul. 22, 13 2:46 PM

Re: "Officials answer to their own most strident activists of both left and right." That may be true for strident, far-right social conservatives, davehoug--officials respond to activists who demand "repeal ACA" and "No exceptions for rape" and "Pregnancy is never a threat to the woman" and "Personhood begins at conception" and "Guns don't kill people." That may be true for strident far-right fiscal conservatives as well--officials respond to activists who demand "No new taxes!" and "Don't punish high-income earners" and "Social programs should be cut, cut, cut" and "The debt limit's high enough" and "Austerity for workers; Prosperity for plutocrats." However, evidence that the demands of the far left fall on deaf ears is irrefutable.

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