“Compromise – the ability to gracefully persuade, not manipulate, a person or persons into a win-win situation.” ~ Anon
We ask our readers if compromise means that one side must give up what they have so that the other side can gain an advantage.
GC spoke about how negotiation in the United States has completely broken down resulting in a divided and suffering nation, with neither side prepared to compromise.
Gerry’s understanding of politics is far greater than mine, and recently, I asked him to help me understand why the border wall is so important to Donald Trump.
As I see it, one of Trump’s main arguments appears to be the issue of drugs entering the country via the border. Whereas everything I’d read indicated that by far, the bulk of illegal drugs are smuggled through the ports. So I asked Gerry why Trump was so insistent on building the wall.
The following is a small section from his reply.
“His appeal is to his base which it seems is blue collar, racist and seeking a leader in much the same way the people of a downtrodden Germany after World War One sought a ‘Fuhrer’.
The wall itself is really NOT the issue. It represents Trump’s ego and the way his Nazi like Stormtrooper approach to handling immigration issues adds the clout and the media coverage to globally advertise his campaign of hate disguised as nationalism. His reason for building the wall is self-promotion and personal adulation.”
There are similarities between Trump’s America and those in the UK who voted to leave the EU.
Over two and a half years ago, before Donald Trump became president, I wrote this short article.
“When I awoke this morning, the result of the E.U. Referendum was on my mind.
Later, when I heard the news of the people’s vote, I was saddened, but not too surprised, after all, some of the recent posts on social media have proved how ill-informed some of the electorate is.
The only issue on the minds of many was immigration, and they saw no further. However, I had hoped that enough of us would vote in favour of remaining in the E.U.
In reality, most people were ill-equipped to make such a momentous decision, so they made their choices based on what they feared the most, “foreigners”! And now we pay the price.
We should never have been asked to choose, the issues at stake were far too important to leave to the masses and I fear the consequences of their actions and of what the future may hold.
It’s done, but hardly dusted and I am worried, and not least because we have a divided nation, and the anger and hatred that this referendum created will remain with us for some time to come.”
Importantly, if some of our politicians had been more in touch with the man in the street, they might have appreciated the mood of the working classes, or i f you prefer, the blue-collar workers.
They might also have understood that when voting in a General Election those same people are often foolish and many times vote for the party they have always voted for, far few bother to research and find out who is the best man or woman for the job. So what chance did they have when given a vote for something that in its entirety was beyond their comprehension?
Going back to the beginning of this article it was interesting to note that Nigel Farage, former leader of UKIP and a man who once said he was proud at the height of Britain’s far-right movement that his initials NF also stood for National Front, was one of the first people to be warmly welcomed by the newly elected President Donald Trump!
There is no compromise in the UK parliament; each of our politicians has her/his own opinion as to what is the best deal for the country. The EU, of course, is also unwilling to compromise and that adds a third dimension to the argument. Where will it end?
© SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge Compromise from Weekly Prompts.