FWIW, Obamacare, was the straw that broke the back of compromise, making it no longer possible while he is in office. If you stop to think about it for a moment, the refusal to compromise on both sides actually represents the will of The People......however ham-handed and clumsy. What has pushed republicans over the edge, completely destroying any possibility of future compromise, is Obama's use of executive orders to circumvent the will of The People. Actually, it has pushed democrats over the edge too, making them see totalitarianism as a good thing - at least when it's their guy in office.
As bad as Bill Clinton was as president, he knew how to communicate, bargain, and deal with the majority republican House he was dealt. He realized that, to continue to have even a modicum of success as president, he was going to have to work with that Congress, or his presidential legacy would be a disaster. For better or for worse, Bill Clinton did not believe in an imperial presidency. (His harridan of a wife is another matter entirely.)
Obama is very much his opposite in that regard. He absolutely IS an imperial president - domestically. (In foreign policy, he is a eunuch.) His ideology does not include a defense of national borders. It does not make room for the fundamental individual liberties guaranteed in the Constitution or on the limits it places upon gov't. It does not make room for the separation of powers. It does not make room for a due respect for tradition or the common virtues. It does not make room for reverence for founding principles. It does not make room for any kind of disagreement. It is always his way, or the highway.
The democrats in Congress feel no need to make the usual kinds of compromises that the minority party has always acceded to throughout our nation's history because they have an imperial president who is their champion, and who is willing to circumvent the Constitution so that they are relieved of the responsibility of doing their jobs.
THESE are the circumstances in which republicans find themselves, and yet there are people who think that republicans should compromise with uncompromising democrats - even when it has been decades of republican caving in to democrats every time republicans had the majority that brought us to this point.
Let me be clear: For republicans to compromise with democrats is to continue the downward slide into irrelevancy this nation is embarked upon. The republican hope is that by refusing to compromise any longer, they can arrest the downward slide. But for things to improve, the democrats have to start compromising. Until that happens (and I have zero hope that it will because everything they sell is predicated upon envy of what someone else has), the best we can hope for is for republicans to continue refusing any further compromise with democrats, and the worst that can happen is for republicans to relent and cave in to uncompromising democrats.
And that is not the biggest problem we have! The biggest problem we have is that Obama has transformed the nature of the presidency by ignoring his constitutional mandates and limits, and setting a precedent for future presidents. Oh sure, democrats LOVE his imperial presidency..... but how are they going to feel when someone from another party hostile to their ideology gains the office and starts ruling like an obama-esque autocrat? They're going to HATE it and complain miserably. But we'll be able to say "Shut your pie-hole! Where were YOU when YOUR guy was using the Constitution for butt-wipe. And you think that's bad? Consider Donald Trump as an imperial president. For better or for worse, that has a low probability because Trump gets his butt kicked in virtually every poll against Hillary Clinton........and Hillary Clinton will be even LESS shy about using the presidency as an imperial office than Obama was.
Yeah, we're screwed.
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