Among many lost arts in Washington the most problematic is the lost art of compromise.
The dictionary says compromise includes the root word “com” or together with the word promise: We make promises by coming together. America learned this early, with the Constitutional Convention full of compromises.
But now members of Congress vote not to find the best solution for the country but the best platform for their next election. Democrats threatened to shut the entire government over dreamer immigrants, while Trump was willing to see a shutdown over his wall. And so it goes, politicians standing firm on one issue or another which they believe will get them reelected, and the whole of the federal government is held hostage.
We need more politicians like Ronald Reagan, who told House Speaker Tip O’Neill, “I will take half a loaf today, but I will come back for the other half tomorrow.”