As children we are taught to respect authority, and to play well together. As adults we should respect legitimate authority and learn to work well with one another — given the end result is worth working towards.
For example, suppose Legislator D wants to increase taxes 10% but Legislator R does not. They work hard together and decide to compromise at a 5% tax increase. While the two legislators have compromised the rate, only Legislator D has obtained a victory. Even though the rate increase is less than first demanded, damage is still done to the tax payer. Suppose later the same two legislators have the same set of differences and compromise at another 5% increase. What has happened? Legislator D wins again, and Legislator R looks like a nice guy because he/she is getting along, but the tax payers are losing this war with every compromise.
And so it goes. This is why the media promotes Republicans who compromise to get along with Democrats — because the direction of public policy always moves in the direction Democrats want. You will never read a story about how wonderful it is when Democrats compromise with a Republicans — mostly because Democrats never compromise with Republicans. It must always be the other way around in order for it to meet the media’s definition of “getting along” and “compromise”.
This is why Kelly Minty Morris editorial in the Herald and News is so disappointing (to use a polite term). She repeats the theme about needing to elect government officials who can work together. This is a naive view, much like how a child thinks. Instead, we need commissioners, city council men/women and legislators that will stand for American values of freedom and limited government — and be willing to fight for our rural way of life. What we don’t need are government officials to compromise to some deal that gives away more of our values, our virtue and our fortune in exchange for a lesser penalty than was first demanded.
Oregon does not have to be a Democrat state. The surrendered attitude of “this is the way it is and will always be so we might as well get the best deal we can” is extremely dangerous to defending our freedom and way of life. We need men and women of constitutional principle in all levels of government. What we do not need are people who are looking to cut the best deal that gives away our future for a short-term win — aka “getting along”.
Compromise is not a virtue when the end result is not virtuous.
Let us quit pretending compromise and working together are virtues in and of themselves. Let us instead stand together for things that are good, noble, and right — with no compromise. Then, and only then, will we have the solid footing to take back this State and make it great once again — for all Oregonians.