People often say that what this country needs is for people in Washington to stop fighting and just get the job done. To achieve that, we need more "bipartisanship." I don't agree. If two parties with two sets of bad ideas cooperate, the result is not good policy but policy that is extremely bad. What we really need are correct economic and political ideas, regardless of the party that pushes them.
Ron Paul's not defending either party that strays from principles, either:
Democrats are largely and openly for government expansion, and if we were to judge the Republicans by their actions and not their rhetoric, we would come to pretty much the same conclusion.
He recalls that though the Republicans opposed Obama's expansion of government-run medical care, government expanded its role in very similar ways when the Republicans were last in charge—they just didn't advertise it then as the Democrats do now.
Compromise is too often synonymous with "selling out", but it sounds a lot better.
This includes compromises made "with the best of intentions", as there are some absolutes in society, and we generally need to be reminded what they are.
Genuine progress is going to require more confrontation, partisanship, and serious and honest discussion of the truth about government, the economy, and every sector of American life. It also needs politicians who can hold strong to their beliefs and do not compromise their core values.
Other points discussed:
- How bipartisan compromises, disguised as civility, incrementally chip away at liberty.
- Numerous other examples of major parties sharing big-government views.
- Finer points worthy of their own full read.
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