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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Partisanship

McCain's response to the failure of the bailout is that "bipartisanship is tough." He's back to ringing that old bell. What's so good about bipartisanship? Partisanship is good. Bipartisanship is bad.

Partisanship is the adhering to the values and ideas our party represents. It highlights the differences between our parties and our beliefs. Partisanship clarifies; you can't straddle the fence, but choose a side. Instead of hemming and hawing, you show where you stand. Partisanship is about having beliefs and standing up for them when they are contested. If the other party stands diametrically opposed to your beliefs, why would helping them be high-minded? It's selling out your values for the sake of congeniality. Of course people aren't going to like you if you disagree with them. So what?

People don't like partisanship because they don't like the conflict. But the fact of the matter is that any time there are people with different beliefs, there will also be conflict. What they really don't like is that there are people arguing with them, instead of just accepting their positions. But that is democracy. Partisanship is democracy.

1 Comments:

OpenID admiralstyles00 said...

Hmm. Taking a look at the dictionary definition of "partisan":

"Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal."

I believe the latter half is what people often think of when they think of people being "partisan", when the spirited debate becomes downright poisonous. Partisanship can be the Democrat who furiously opposes a bill in Congress because it was proposed by Republicans; later on, when a Democrat introduces the same bill, he eagerly supports it. It can be the Republican who rails against a policy of a Democratic president, then when a Republican president takes office and continues with that same policy, he falls silent. The argument could be made that, in some cases, partisanship is putting your party before your principles.

Bipartisanship, then, could also be the concept of people being able to accept and work with a good idea, proposal, or policy, no matter which party it originated from.

Bipartisanship is democracy, too.

Sun Oct 05, 08:55:00 PM EDT  

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