How I Plan to Celebrate Memorial Day
The Left is constantly accusing the Right of never wanting to compromise. In two party negotiations that’s just a crude way of whining that the other side hasn’t yet caved. I find it totally ironic that last year the Left was running around joyously declaring the Tea Party as dead, yet this year they are accusing that very same Tea Party of preventing the Right from compromising, or as I prefer to think of it “not caving”. Apparently the dead still carry an incredible amount of political weight. But then again, why shouldn’t they. After all, they are known to still vote in places likeChicago.
Most political pundits will tell you that the chasm that exists between the Left and the Right has never been greater. I certainly hope that is true. Personally I hate ambiguity in politics. I prefer to know exactly where someone stands on an issue. As President Reagan famously said, “Raise a Banner of Bold Colors, Not Pale Pastels!” To me compromising in politics is like compromising in religion. In the end both will only lead you to a place where you don’t want to be.
Regardless of my personal beliefs the pressure seems to always be on to reach some sort of a deal, so I thought I’d throw out my own version of a compromise. The Left wants to encourage more and more government control over our lives while the Right prefers to be left alone. I say we compromise by doing both. Let’s have all the government programs the Left’s little hearts desire, but make them all optional. If the Left wants a plethora of social programs, they are welcome to them. But it is only the Left who must donate into them and it is only the Left who will be entitled to them. You’re either in, or you’re out.
I realize that the Left’s main objection to this idea is going to be that this would only benefit the wealthy because they will all opt out. However, I beg to differ. We are constantly being preached at by wealthy people like George Soros, Warren Buffett, Will Smith, and a whole gaggle of wealthy A-list people fromHollywoodabout how they are fine with the whole idea of paying a little extra in taxes to take care of “the little people”. Okay, time to put up or shut up on your beliefs while still leaving the rest of us alone.
As for me, I find it fitting to present this commentary on Memorial Day weekend. This is a time when we honor those who gave their full measure of devotion for the freedoms we enjoy. I can think of no better way to honor their sacrifice then to shun an overreaching government and instead exercise the great gift they gave us. After all, the way I figure it our forefathers didn’t sacrifice their all so that we could exist for the mere scraps from the table of an overbearing government. They did it to give each of us a chance to sit proudly at our own table. For a person to genuinely understand and cherish such a gift there can be no compromise.