There was a song by Randy Newman called Political Science that appears on his recording from 1972. It seems to be prophetic and sums up the present political atmosphere. Here are the lyrics.
No one likes us-I don’t know why
We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try
But all around, even our old friends put us down
Let’s drop the big one and see what happens
We give them money-but are they grateful?
No, they’re spiteful and they’re hateful
They don’t respect us-so let’s surprise them
We’ll drop the big one and pulverize them
Asia’s crowded and Europe’s too old
Africa is far too hot
And Canada’s too cold
And South America stole our name
Let’s drop the big one
There’ll be no one left to blame us
We’ll save Australia
Don’t wanna hurt no kangaroo
We’ll build an All American amusement park there
They got surfin’, too
Boom goes London and boom Paree
More room for you and more room for me
And every city the whole world round
Will just be another American town
Oh, how peaceful it will be
We’ll set everybody free
You’ll wear a Japanese kimono
And there’ll be Italian shoes for me
They all hate us anyhow
So let’s drop the big one now
Let’s drop the big one now
Our political systems have become uncontrollably contentious. Rather trying to find commonality to work together to solve problems and for the prosperity of all, the need to be the absolutely right has taken the precedent. This need to be right at all costs has cost us all. Here is the issue – no individual, no cause, and no opinion is absolutely right unto itself. It cannot be by our very nature. Diversity is the necessity of nature and its continued health. Without it inbreeding and stagnation will kill off that species.
Each and every individual sees things from uniquely their position and experience. It is only one piece of the very large diverse puzzle of human existence. It is when we gather and put all the pieces together that we get close to a picture that is usable. It is then that we can see a usable pattern that will serve all without exclusion. We need each other.
Compromise is not a dirty word. Its true meaning is with the promise that we can live with the terms and conditions needed for all involved – not just special interests or a singular concept. If we cannot reach a compromise we need to agree to disagree until such time as we can find a solution. That is the very least compromise we owe humanity.