The Art of Compromise

Compromises. There is so much in the world that we have to compromise on – such as the show we watch on T.V. and especially our opinion. While we all understand the importance of making compromises, we can empathize with others when they choose not to compromise for we have often felt the same urge. An example of our not wanting to compromise is found in our childhood. Do you remember those play- dates with a classmate in Kindergarten when you insisted that your Barbie drives the Mustang instead of the Miata although your friend insisted the same car?  I remember that in order to solve this conflict, one would have to compromise. Because I was the guest, my friend was made to compromise by her parents and allow my Barbie to drive the Mustang. If she protested about compromising with me, her parents would threaten her with the end of a play- date and a potential time-out in her room.  Although we did not appreciate learning the art of compromise at this age, it is a lesson we have come to value as we have matured and grown to realize the critical role it plays in our daily lives.

However, some Americans seemed to have forgotten this childhood lesson of compromise. For example, because of the controversial debate over “The Affordable Care Act”, which both the Democrats and Republicans have strong opinions, there has been no action taken to agree on legislation needed to keep our National Government open. Thus, Americans have been outraged because of Congress’ lack of ability to compromise, which has resulted in a shutdown of our Federal Government. In fact, one could even call their refusal to compromise with one another an act of “political grandstanding” as President Obama calls it – or a tantrum. Yes, ladies and gentlemen! Our Congressional Representatives are throwing a tantrum and they need a time-out: childhood style. Who is going to put Congress in time- out? “We, the People” will put our representatives in Congress in time- out by using our democratic- republic to achieve our goal: the grand re- opening of the Federal Government. In times of American disproval of the actions taken by our government, it is especially important that we take advantage of our civil liberties of freedom of speech and our government system and communicate with our Senators and Representatives. We must share with them our feelings of disappointment and defeat and tell them our views on “The Affordable Care Act” in order for them to best represent us. Due to our government structure, if our elected officials do not represent us in our democratic- republic, then we can elect someone that will actually represent our voices in this nation. We must emphasize the importance of our government re-opening because a closed government sends a message to the world: that we are too divided to reach our goals. We, as Americans, know that this message is not the truth at all for we are strong people united in making our democratic- republic the “city upon a hill” it was intended to be. Therefore it is crucial that we require Congress to compromise in order to re- open our federal government.

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4 comments

  1. This is a thoughtful reflection on what is a disturbing and dysfunctional situation.What seems to be missing is the knowledge that the government is not a disembodied entity but the work of many, many people who are waiting at home, wondering when they will be able to return to work. I think your example of compromise is interesting because it points out that sometimes somebody just has to give in – compromise is not always a middle of the road solution. It is a complicated issue. Do you have ideas about different ways people can exert pressure on Congress, aside from the next election?

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  2. Gabrielle, I am an education major at the University of South Alabama. I have been assigned your blog to review this week as part of my edm310 class. I thought your blog was very well thought out. You and I agree completely on the state of our government. We have people in Washington more concerned with party lines than the people they represent. Its nice to know there a young people who still believe in our democracy and the constitution of America. Never loose that, always remember what the words on that sacred parchment entitle you to as a citizen of the greatest country in the world.

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  3. Hi Gabrielle, My name is Kynyetta Barren. I’m a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Al. I totally agree with you about our government. The government definitely needs to get together and compromise on our future. We, as Americans, need to stand our ground and let Congress know how we feel about the government’s issues. It’s great to see your thoughts about our government. I think your example of compromise is interesting because it points out to me that we can come together and collaborate one idea’s to solve an issue. Compromise can’t always fix the problem but it’s a start. Great post!!

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  4. Hello, my name is Sarah Barnett. I am a student at the University of South Alabama. This post is great. I really enjoyed reading about compromise. Ha! The compromise of the barbie cars was a perfect example. I remember being small and having to compromise over just that with my sisters. Anyway, its the same thing for this country. There has to be a compromise somewhere. I also, think that the congressional time out is good too. Congress needs to compromise so this country can stay strong and alive. Loved reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

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