Compromise.

I haven’t been able to make any posts the past few days because I couldn’t decide what to write about. It’s been a very busy couple of weeks. I decided that my baseball prediction post can wait another few days. However, I felt the time was right to make this post today. For the past few years, it seems that very little has been done in Congress and Americans are losing patience. However, it leads me to wonder if what’s happening in Congress, with the political dysfunction, is a direct correlation to the general American public. Setting aside the good percentage of Americans who have absolutely no clue about politics and don’t have a problem with it, we have two major political parties in America. The Democrats and the Republicans. Now in each of the major parties, you have subsections. For instance, you have Tea Party Republican or a Blue Dog Democrat. You have the religious right and the religious left (yes, there is such a thing). But why is it, that Americans seem to hate anything that doesn’t fit their world view? Why do we have this ‘my way or the highway’ mentality. Why do people vote for people simply because they’re a certain type of party. It’s not just one party. There are Democrats who cannot stand anything Republicans stand for. There are Republicans who can’t stand anything Democrats believe in. Why is that? Why is it that we have to resort to name calling?

Contrary to whatever it seems like I wrote in this blog before, I have had very little interest in speaking about my political beliefs in mixed company. This company was generally the teenagers in my church’s youth group. I was the one liberal in my latter years there. So, needless to say, who want to express political opinions if they know they are the tiny minority? One night, politics had come up. I was talking to my best friend from high school who I had started bring to the church group about the upcoming election. One girl asked me what my political party. Not only do I find this to be an incredibly rude question, but really, everyone there knew what I believe. It was a nonsense question. Another boy asked me if I only liked talking about politics with liberals. The answer is no, but the number of conservatives at this group worth talking to about politics are few and far between. When I was in high school, I enjoyed having conversations with people of different political parties-but they were the ones who were in my high school. The ones who could think for themselves. The ones who didn’t believe everything Mr. Television or their parents said to.

This is what’s bugging me. It shouldn’t matter what our opinions are. Whatever happened to compromise? Are we so stubborn that we can’t listen to anyone who talks badly about us. In the olden days, we knew we had disagreements so we set those aside and decided to do what was best for America. I’m not seeing that anymore. If we don’t learn how to get along, how to compromise, we are not only setting ourselves back in the world, we are impacting the future generations. 50 years from now, people will look back and mock what the Congress and American public did after the aftermath of the Great Recession. They will think it is pathetic that we are unable to agree on anything. We need to swallow our pride and work together. Before it’s too late.

What makes America great is that we have the right to vote. This November will be a critical election. Vote what you think is the best decision. Not because of what political party they belong to. Not because Mommy and Daddy say to. Vote for you want to. Period.