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Reasonable people compromise

Published 9:35am Thursday, October 10, 2013

Reasonable people compromise. Unreasonable people do not. Instead, they trample over those around them to selfishly get their way. And the government is shut down this chilly October day in 2013 because unreasonable Democrats behaving like spoiled children would rather refuse treatment to terminally ill children, ravage the economy, disparage veterans and make the rest of our lives miserable — than compromise.

The GOP has its share of problems, but one thing is absolute: Republicans made reasonable effort to pass legislation intended to keep non-partisan government agency programs running. All they asked for in return was to delay implementation of Obamacare, the Democrat Party’s illegitimate lovechild that nobody wants.

Sometimes it’s best to walk away. Sir Winston Churchill once so poetically quipped: “In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.” The GOP offered Democrats an easy out…a way to save face…even raise Obama’s approval numbers. But sadly, and to the country’s detriment, Democrats don’t understand the art and value of compromise, let alone engage in it.

Merriam-Webster definition of compromise: “A way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute.”

Obama-Reid-Pelosi definition of compromise: “Name-calling, threatening, and making life miserable until Republicans give up everything and Democrats give up nothing in order to get your way.”

What possesses the heart of those who would allow harm to others in order to further an ideology? And how do they reconcile their consciences?

Per the Weekly Standard, the National Park Service was instructed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to barricade D.C.’s World War II Memorial, preventing the dwindling few of America’s Greatest Generation from viewing that which was erected in their honor prior to their passing on.

If you wonder who’s responsible for such callousness, look no further than Obama. According to “The core mission of OMB is to serve the President of the United States in implementing his vision across the Executive Branch…It reports directly to the President…to implement commitments and priorities of the President.”

During his weekly address Oct. 5, Obama covered his own aversion to compromise with lies. He compared Republicans to “kidnappers” and suggested America may default on its debt because of the GOP. His words seemed to panic the markets when the Dow sunk below 15,000 the next day. Proverbs 22:18 says, “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Obama and Reid are quite the swordsmen these days.

Just when you think they could sink no deeper into this sewage they call politics, a liberal opens his mouth as recently happened when CNN asked Harry Reid why the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to approve a spending bill offered by Republicans that would keep the National Institute of Health open and help “one child who has cancer.”

Reid quipped: “Why would we want to do that? I have 1100 people at Nellis AFB that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own.”

So, Harry, why would we want to do that? Maybe a little wisdom from Batman might help? In the movie, “A Dark Knight Rises” lead character Jim Gordon tells Batman “I never cared who you were…but shouldn’t the people know the hero who saved them?” Batman: “A hero can be anyone – even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.”

Or, maybe something as unpretentious as a compromise, so that a terminally ill child will know his world won’t end today because someone cared about him more than politics?

Surely, a dark night has risen over this great country as Democrats preside over the dismantling of America, one uncompromising position at a time.


Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist who writes about politics, the economy and culture. Email Susan at or her website at


  • keta

    The most fascinating thing is the total split between normal republicans and the extremists who are willing to blow up the economy, the government, whatever they can manage to throw a wrench into. I think there’s a real possibility of two quite separate republican parties. An electoral dream come true for Democrats!

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  • Lil Hilary

    Oh….I thought this letter came from Homer! Maybe that’s where she got her facts from.
    I hope one day these people will find the truth……even a blind pig stumbles upon a acorn in the forest now and then! Isn’t that right uncle!

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  • deist

    The GOP , with followers like the author of the article, are digging themselves a hole so deep, it will start to cave in on them. With this obtuse GOP plan, it will only guarentee Hillary as POTUS and a more realistic chance for the Dems. to take back the House. Now as a proud liberal that makes me happy, but as a rational thinking American, it makes me sad that a once great institution is possibly in its death spiral, brought on by a small group of extremists.

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  • mikehaney

    Surely, a dark night has risen over this great country as Democrats preside over the dismantling of America, one uncompromising position at a time.

    Susan Stamper Brown
    Obama,Reid,Pelosi and I see other liberal munchkins, below, gnashing and snarling already.

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  • keta

    I’m pretty simple

    I think she’s overstating her cognitive abilities, LOL. Consider what she’s saying: House republicans are refusing to approve payment of the expenses they’ve already signed off on, unless they get “all they asked for in return” – to get rid of a law they don’t like, championed by a president they don’t like. Settled law, upheld by the Supreme Court, but they don’t like it, so they’re threatening to explode the economy. Not just OUR economy – everybody’s. Important things like children’s cancer research and treatment at the National Institute of Health aren’t getting paid for, so repubs are scrambling to fund just that, and few of the countless other things that are making them look like the soulless idiots they are. The president’s response, of course, is Why not end the shutdown, instead of looking to us to rescue you from your own stupidity? In retardican world, this is called Democrats refusing to help dying children. Wherever old Susan is tonight, I’m sure she’s drooling a little bit and making grunting noises.

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  • mickakers

    As a PS: Ultra-Conservative and Tea Party centered would be a more apt description of her philosophy..

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  • mickakers

    Susan Stamper Brown is a nationally syndicated Conservative columnist, the Conservative part is rather obvious. I do concur with a comment she made about herself; “I’m pretty simple.”

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