Look for talks about cooperation, compromise

Following a shamefully low voter turnout for the August, Michigan primary, politicians and their handlers are now focusing on what to do for the run-up period to November’s general election. Mending fences, compromise and unity are words commonly used by both parties following every election but following the recent primary the GOP is pinning all of their hopes on being able to bring together their splintered party.

Ideology separates the GOP from traditional conservatives, Tea Party conservatives and certainly from Democrats. As we all know ideology is the simple thing that allows us to know the answer to the question before it is asked. It is also the thing that makes compromise so difficult. It is almost impossible to talk of taking the middle ground when there is certainty on both sides that their position is correct.

Both sides express the idea that they have already compromised their ideology to get to the position they currently hold. All sides give lip service to compromise as a concept but feel that giving in may well be a continuation of the downhill rush conservatives have been on for 60 years. Both sides of the political divide think that sometimes compromise can be justified but more often it only begins the ideologic slide.

At a recent meeting cooperation and compromise were the key topics. There was an attempt to point out the similarities in the opposing positions. Both positions were fairly represented and both had the idea that the other side should compromise. The discussion was sometimes heated but compromise was not reached.

Conservatism and compromise are on the lips of everyone on the political right. Can ideologies be blended into a workable compromise that has a chance of winning in November?

We the people are willing to try.

Bob Lamb

Alpena