Waving the White Flag of Surrender

On June 14th, my local Santa Clarita newspaper, The Signal, published a column by Steve Lunetta entitled “In search of elusive compromise”, in which he tries to rationalize his support for government-run healthcare by claiming that “compromises” could be made that would make it more palatable to conservatives.

Early in his column Lunetta rattles his electoral saber:

“Even if the Republican AHCA is signed into law, four years later, if the Democrats control Congress (and current trends say they will), the AHCA will be swept aside for yet another program.”

Back in October “current trends” at the time were solidly showing that the Pantsuit Woman was going to be President. Look how that turned out.

There’s an old joke that goes like this: What’s a camel? It’s a horse built by a committee. The point being that “compromise” isn’t always a solution to an issue. In fact, it’s often vastly overrated, especially when you’re talking about core principles.

What if the Founders had tried to find a “compromise” with King George? Look how well Chamberlain’s “compromise” with Hitler turned out. There’s the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which ended with a little dispute called the Civil War.

The plain fact is that some differences are so fundamental that there’s no compromise possible.

Once again Lunetta’s trying to rationalize his support for socialized medicine. This time he’s taken a couple of the proposals that I and others like me have made – medical tort reform and the removal of state barriers to product sales – and proposed that there be some “compromise” to modify them to fit into the mold of socialized medicine, completely ignoring the fact that those proposals are made to provide a stark alternative to having the government involved in health care at all. That wouldn’t be a compromise on the part of free-market advocates; agreeing to such a proposal would amount to waving the white flag of abject surrender. It would render those proposals moot and meaningless.

On top of all of that, we have the historical record which clearly shows that over the past half century at least, any ground the left gains through “compromise” doesn’t end the debate on an issue. It merely becomes the starting point for their next set of demands. It’s slow suicide by conservatives and Republicans.

The final truth is that what he’s trying to do is very akin to trying to be a little bit pregnant. In reality, you either are or you ain’t. Steve supports government-run healthcare, which is socialized medicine, whether or not he wants to admit it. I, and people like me, don’t. It’s that simple and fundamental.

 

 

©Brian Baker 2017

(Published on 21 June 2017 on my blog and in The Signal)

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13 comments on “Waving the White Flag of Surrender

  1. Grey Neely says:

    You are so correct Brian in saying, “The plain fact is that some differences are so fundamental that there’s no compromise possible.”

    My wife and I can (and do) compromise on which restaurant to go to for supper. My grandsons and I can compromise whether or not to go fishing or to go to the target range for shooting (or even just driving around and looking at the sights). I can (and do) compromise with architects concerning my electrical/mechanical project design (i.e., foot-candle levels in areas not mandated by code, etc.). None of the items I have mentioned requires me to modify my “moral code”.

    However, I will not compromise on telling the truth, stealing, or hurting people for no good reason.

    But it does appear that the Far Left will compromise anything for reasons of political expediency.

    • BrianR says:

      Yep. Well said. But the bigger problem is the self-proclaimed “moderate” Republicans who “compromise” the core principles they claim to support. They’re like the fox in the hen house. They destroy from within.

    • Nee says:

      Grey,
      Always spot on!
      Side note: I just started work at a company near me who does A/E design and consulting…totally different from accounting, but so far, this old gal is learning some new tricks!! We do a lot of work with the VA because the owner has service connected disability…The young ‘uns really run circles around my navigationally challenged self and they don’t “train” very well. They “click” well!! haha.
      Hope all is well at the Neely Compound!! 🙂

  2. The Crawfish says:

    As we have seen since January 1981, the Democrats’ definition of “compromise” is “The GOP gives us everything we want, and we give up nothing”.

  3. Hardnox says:

    This issue is really about freedom isn’t it? One chooses it or not. Personally, I reject government’s boot on my neck. For that matter anyone’s boot.

    WTF! That’s American. Who doesn’t get that part?

    • BrianR says:

      Yep, Nox, that really IS exactly what it’s all about. The freedom to live your life how you want, and to succeed or FAIL based on your own merits.

      Apparently about half the country doesn’t get that. Weird, huh?

  4. captbogus2 says:

    “On top of all of that, we have the historical record which clearly shows that over the past half century at least, any ground the left gains through “compromise” doesn’t end the debate on an issue. It merely becomes the starting point for their next set of demands.”
    Thus they now call themselves, “Progressives.”

    • BrianR says:

      Yeah, anything to avoid being called “liberals”. In their pinheads, if they rename themselves no one will notice they’re the same radicals as always.

  5. garnet92 says:

    Brian, you know the progressive left, their whole existence is built on wordplay. For example: in their world, compromise is just another word for acquiesce. To them, it’s always a “give and take” situation (in which we give and they take). Their procedures are like a ratchet or a cog railway, it inches up but is prevented from going back down. In their world, they can never lose if we only capitulate by compromise.

    We all agree core principles are called that because they are what defines our “core,” our very being – compromise your core and you are no more consequential than a fart in a tornado.

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