Monday, June 27, 2011

Michele Bachmann

Since when is "refusal to ever compromise" actually a good quality for a politician to have? Or a human being in general? Never needing to compromise implies that you are 100% right, on every issue, every time. Which is the opinion typically reserved for mentally unstable individuals.


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The question I have is why do you pick out someone who can be arguably described as psychologically disturbed, and then use them as an example for the importance of compromising?

Michelle Bachmann is mentally unbalanced.
MIchelle Bachmann doesn't compromise.
Therefore, one that doesn't compromise is mentally unbalanced.

I believe a refusal to compromise is something more politicians should embrace. If the politicians that claimed to be anti-war actually stood by their principles, the US government wouldn't be at war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Libya. If the politicians that claimed to be for free markets actually stood by their principles, the US government wouldn't have bailed out Wall Street.

Let's take an absurd case: Should you compromise with someone whose sole goal is to murder you and the only bargain they'll strike with you is an bloody amputation of one of your limbs? Obviously, the answer is no. Sometimes the "middle ground" is a place you don't want to go.

Compromising has its place, but so does not compromising.

Alex Waller said...

"Michelle Bachmann is mentally unbalanced.
MIchelle Bachmann doesn't compromise.
Therefore, one that doesn't compromise is mentally unbalanced."


If:
Person X is a member of set A.
Person X is a member of set B.
Set A DOES NOT NECESSARILY EQUAL set B. Your logic is flawed.

And following your awful analogy...if someone was either going to kill me or merely cut off my limb...you better believe I'd compromise! Ridiculous.