Is Compromise & Balance Dead?

By | October 4, 2013

Give Or Take

Looking through recent events, one can’t help but notice that there seems to be a rash of incidents that demonstrate the lack of compromise and balance in our society.  We are seeing more examples of polarization and extremes by both the government itself and those involved in political life.

Regardless of what side you are on, the current debacle about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) demonstrates how far some groups will go to promote their objectives, even if that means one side forcing the shutdown of the government in an attempt to open a discussion with the opposition.

Lavabit is forced to shut down its secure email service because the government demands access to 40,000 customer’s accounts, just so they can investigate one man and his contacts.  Although Lavabit offered unfettered access to the suspects the FBI were pursuing, they insisted on access to all 40,000 customer’s accounts.  What is even scarier is that a federal judge allowed the FBI to have access to email of non-suspects, in violation of the constitutional rights about unreasonable search and seizures.  Did the FBI really need all those other people’s emails to catch one guy and his accomplices?

And these are just recent examples.

Where is the compromise between factions?  Where is the balance between the public’s wants and rights, and the needs of the government or special interests?  Are we losing the ability to create a government that is for all the people, and not just the people who happen to have representatives in power or the special interests who can pay for lobbying and campaign contributions?  Has this country become about us vs. them, instead of all of us in this together?  Will things get more extreme, or will cooler heads eventually prevail, catering to the people, and not just select groups with power and influence?

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