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Post by Guest Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:11 am

Rather than using his leadership position as House Speaker to help educate new House Republicans and others, including American voters, about the noble history of political compromise, he succumbed to ignorance, displaying a lack of leadership. Here is what he could have stated, if not on 60 Minutes, then soon after assuming his House Speakership:

A distinguished American and author of a Ben Franklin​ biography, Walter Isaacson, recently wrote that “we like to think of our nation’s founders as men with unwavering fealty to high-minded principles. To some extent they were. But when they gathered in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 to write the Constitution, they showed that they were also something just as great and often more difficult to be: compromisers. In that regard they reflected not just the classical virtues of honor and integrity but also the Enlightenment’s values of balance, order, tolerance, scientific calibration and respect for other people’s beliefs.”
http://www.laprogressive.com/elections/compromise/

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Post by elvis44102 Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:29 am

compromise is part of maturity, why would anybody think politicians would behave in a manor reflecting maturity?
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Post by JoanB Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:37 pm

What an irony...where could compromise be more important than in politics?

And I think that even Boehner knew that...but the Teahadists are children with chronic temper tantrums and he can't control them. Their answer to everything is to knock all the blocks down instead of helping to make the building better.

I'm sure hoping that most of them turn out to be first-termers.
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