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Ethics of a Tea Party Activist: Part II (On Compromise)

Compromise is a part of politics and has been accepted by many as a necessary evil in the pursuit of passing laws in Washington DC. The TEA Party is constantly referred to, however, as uncompromising and is criticized by establishment Republicans for its ideological purism. Now, compromise is not necessarily a necessary evil. We’ve just made it that way because there has been no principle, no honor, and no common sense to the way in which compromise is applied in the lawmaking process.

Ayn Rand, one of my many heroes, wrote, “In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.

When we are told that we have to compromise with Democrats and Republicans that seek to unmake our Constitution, to destroy the fundamental life force of our economy, or to pass laws which, through arbitrary rules, divide one American from another, we are being told to compromise food and poison. We can never accept this tenant of our modern political culture.

Yet it is not compromise itself that we reject. There are an infinite number of potential compromises that address different applications of the same constitutional issues or address new laws that serve good functions without violating the Constitution which could be considered. The problem today is that we are living within a political culture that demands that we compromise our principles, our values, and the Constitution itself! And that, my friends, is not something any of us are obligated to do. In fact, if we ever begin compromising our principles, values, or the Constitution itself in order to “get ahead” or “get along”, that will be the moment that the TEA Party dies.

What we must do is learn to apply Ayn Rand’s insight into the nature of compromise when asked about our “uncompromising” stands. This is a Republic and it is a Republic that has a Constitution; and that Constitution is predicated on known, definable philosophical principles. We have no reason to compromise on that. All the chaos within our government today is the result of a post-constitutional culture and a complete lack of accountability in government. If this is what compromise creates when we compromise with the Republican and Democrat establishments, then you can put compromise in your pipe and smoke it. We’re not having it.

The Liberty Movement is all about compromise. Libertarians, Constitutionalists, and Conservatives are coming together, setting aside our differences, and through compromise are moving forward with an agenda that focuses primarily on the areas where we all agree. We are working together to strengthen our principles, our values, and our Constitution. This is the kind of compromise that we can live with.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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