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Letters: Why do we reject compromise?

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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 6:15 am

I have lived though many of the changes in history in my America. We have never had such extremist, selfish views expressed by so many in the past century. It seems to indicate some believe political extremism by both parties is the norm.

The statement that America became great because it rejected compromise and moderation is not supported today. The example of F.D.R activating the National Guard to protect the workers who were being prevented from entering the steel mills and factories because they had organized Unions to insist on decent wages and job security.

That was 1935, I saw the troops and lived to see the American middle class grow from that compromise reached with the Industrial Barons. By then, they also saw the wisdom in agreeing to large tax concessions to save the nation from bankruptcy.

Moderation is the term I would use in describing the policies of President Harry Truman and his predecessors. They were balanced by compromises with those in Congress from the southern states.

To suggest that we must continue as a divided nation is to reject what our Founding Fathers wished for their country. They adopted the phrase E. Pluribus Unum, “Out of many, one” the motto of the United States inscribed on our coins and blended in the words of the Preamble of our Constitution

Richard Tracy, Sr.

Mesa

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