Throughout the ages, battles and wars have been waged over issues both big and small. Some of these struggles have been fought militarily, while others have been waged economically, religiously, or politically. Yet one thing remains consistent no matter what the issue or terms of the engagement, winners don’t compromise.
When Japan finally surrendered to the United States and the Allied powers in 1945 to bring an end to World War II, they were in no position to make demands of their conquerors. Instead, American forces occupied Japan for nearly seven years after the conclusion of the bloody war.
The United States witnessed a different kind of war on our own soil in 2010.
The two major political parties waged a war of their own in the campaign season leading up to the midterm elections in 2010. Supported by the conservative Tea Party movement, Republicans called for fiscal responsibility on the part of the federal government. Democrats continued to blame former President George W. Bush for the current condition of the economy and promoted the tax-and-spend policies of President Barack Obama as the solution for our nation’s financial woes.
November 2, 2010 was a historical day in American politics. Republicans made record gains in the U.S. House of Representatives by taking 63 seats and winning majority control after only four years of Democrat control. Republicans also gained six seats in the U.S. Senate.
The American people gave the Republican Party a resounding victory and entrusted the future of our nation in their hands. The message was clear: Stop Obama’s spending spree and reign in the size of government.
Following the 2010 election results, the biggest battle has been the “debt ceiling” debacle. Weeks of debate and unproductive discussions behind closed doors failed to produce an agreement between the parties on how to solve the so-called crisis.
Somewhere along the way Republican leadership forgot why the American people had thrust them into a position of power. It was not so they could compromise with the losing party. Winners don’t compromise.
Instead of standing on principles of fiscal responsibility, they caved and agreed to increase the debt ceiling. As part of the compromise, a controversial “super committee” was formed to find additional spending cuts over the next decade (which will never happen).
During the next fourteen months leading up to the general election in November 2012, the congressional representatives sent to the nation’s capital with the specific intent of protecting our freedoms and liberties from being eroded into oblivion should remember they were the victors.
Winners understand the significance of victory. Winners don’t let their conquered foes dictate their actions. Winners aren’t bashful about claiming the spoils of battle.
Winners don’t compromise.