- Cullman, Alabama


August 7, 2013

For the sake of a nation

CULLMAN — The failure of Mitt Romney to win the White House left many Republicans understanding that the party was lacking a spirit of compromise on key issues such as immigration.

Hispanic votes went solidly to the Democrats because of fear that Republicans would not look at the issue reasonably. In essence, moderation vanished from the Grand Old Party just as the moderate Romney was poised to ascend to the White House against a weakened President Obama.

The divisions within the GOP are a serious matter, not just for the party, but for the future of a two-party political system in the United States. The threat of extreme conservatism could dismantle the entire party’s effectiveness. The past strength of the GOP has been the ability to compromise with Democrats while still maintaining a reasonable measure of conservative policies. In fact, both parties are dependent on the act of compromise to even survive in the public’s heart.

The idea, for example, that the illegal immigration issue can be solved by forcibly sending home 11 or 12 million people is absent of reason. Many of the immigrants are deeply entrenched in society and have been playing a valuable role in the nation’s productivity. And it should never be forgotten that both political parties turned their heads while millions of people crossed the borders.

Threats in Congress to derail President Obama’s federal health care plan by shutting the down the government is also the kind of action that would further erode public faith in the elected system of government. American politics has always flourished by statesmanship, compromises that take the best views and reasoning of the two parties and combine into meaningful legislation.

Both parties have a responsibility to serve the greater needs of American society above the interests of political idealism. Most Americans are concerned that government is effective, not whether it conforms to unrealistic principles.

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