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Exiled in America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-21-06 12:17 PM
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57. You left out a critical word that changes everything in your post:
Is governing harder? Absolutely.

Why? Because you have to compromise, which requires strategic thinking. You have to outflank those who would stop even the most minimal reform, which requires strategic thinking. You have to sell your policy ideas to the American people, which requires strategic thinking.


No, that's not correct. It's not just that we have to compromise. Any FOOL can do that, and we see examples of BAD compromises all over Washington and all over the history of politics.

No the real challenge is the fact that you have to compromise CORRECTLY, without sacrificing core non-negotiable moral imperatives along the way.

Not everything is up for sale. Some compromises can be made. Others absolutely can not be made. There must be freedom in the non-essentials for sure, but there must also be AGREEMENT in the essentials of what it means to be a democrat and part of the democratic party and to govern from a democratic majority. And if you don't think you have a clear idea about what these essentials of the democratic party are, then THAT is part of the problem.

If we don't AGREE in essentials as a party, then we are NOT a party. We're just a collection of fools who randomly agree with each other and randomly don't.
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