Blue Said, Red Said
Compromise will result in peace
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 16:10
On the recent war grounds which have been Washington D.C., over the government shutdown’s fallout, it appears that there is no peace in the middle. You’ll hear the left quite often blame everything on those Tea Party conservatives that are “cry babies,” and that they are the ones who did all they could to stop a smooth transition to the Affordable Care Act because “they don’t get their way.”
The Grand Old Party, on the other hand, has been fighting what appears to have been a lost fight. They’ll blame everything bad on the liberals for many reasons, including raising the debt ceiling and raising the taxes, also known as “the usual.” Regular citizens siding with either side blame the other, which of course has been standard ever since the adoption of the two-party system.
However, I believe the problem goes much deeper than the issues rooting from one side or the other.
It’s both parties. I find it humorous to think that anyone would seriously believe either side is innocent here. The more I see polls that say the government as a whole—not either party—is to blame, the happier I become. The American people are not only paying attention to what is actually happening in their world, but they are also starting to form opinions of their own.
I usually learn from the conservatives with loads of government matters. However, I will be the first to admit the GOP has been far from cooperative. But at the same time, neither has the Democratic Party, which has used their media power to intimidate the public into believing that the Republicans are one false movement away from terrorists. You can’t deny the drama-fest that is Capitol Hill.
The perfect example is the famous Affordable Care Act. This bill has been passed back and forth between the Senate and the House—with no progress being made toward a middle ground. It’s almost like trying to negotiate a curfew with a 13-year-old girl: You just can’t do it. But don’t let the media fool you. Neither side is doing what they should be.
At the same time, it’s important to remember that they are doing their job. Government leaders were elected with a purpose to represent the people they were elected by. They just aren’t going about it the right way. With being elected, I believe our government officials should be making sure their voices are heard and taken into account, not being blasted on megaphones with no will to cooperate.
This is why I’m calling out the leader of the free world, the Mr. Great Uniter, the one who was put in the White House because Americans believed that he could bring chance and unite us together as people, all of which have yet to happen.
President Obama knows his job. He is supposed to bring the people further together by bringing compromise to the forefront. Instead, in an attempt to push his Affordable Care Act, he has deliberately alienated the Republican Party. What he should be doing and what I hope he does, is to come up with the middle ground for the best solution possible.
But what’s a war when everyone is worried about peace, right?
Colton is a sophomore majoring in Journalism.