Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fatal ailments of all Republics

"A Republic if you can keep it."
-Benjamin Franklin

On the precipice of a U.S. default, those words loom large.

"These are the times that try men's souls."
-Thomas Paine

And their wallets. And their patience. I find it reprehensible that Tea Party would rather drive this country off a financial cliff because of their inability to compromise on issues of taxes. I see Obama making key concessions on entitlements, but I don't see the same compromise extended by the Republicans. Closed fists to open hands. Rather just the same hard-line orthodoxy by the Republicans, as if it wasn't their tax cuts that helped balloon the debt in the first place. Compromise is a value that must be fundamental to this and all republics. Orthodoxy and zealotry are the downfall of all such states.

"Both sides deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came."
-Abraham Lincoln

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