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Principles

March 2, 2013

With all of the talk about compromise, it must be pointed out that actions and the direction taken can be compromised, but principles can’t be compromised....

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CMReeder

Mar-05-13 12:02 AM

Leave it to Bobbie, utter nonesense.

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CMReeder

Mar-03-13 8:46 AM

"Our President is a great example of not compromising on principles. He’s definitely a great spokesman for progressivism; he’s not interested in truth, just pushing leftist ideology."

So was your letter about principles or was it about ideology?

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WKnapp

Mar-02-13 5:48 PM

Politicians seldom talk in terms of principles, but rather in terms of values. That's rather like refusing to talk about personal convictions in favor of personal ideals. Convictions are those things we hold sacred. Values are merely highly held ideals, whether we truly espouse them or not.

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philunderwood

Mar-02-13 4:37 PM

Our President is a great example of not compromising on principles. He’s definitely a great spokesman for progressivism; he’s not interested in truth, just pushing leftist ideology.

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CHayes

Mar-02-13 3:42 PM

I'm not sure what to think about the fact that the Republican leadership in Congress weren't apparently aware that the President was calling for a chained CPI as part of the sequester negotiation, something the Republicans have been screaming for for a ling time. I mean, it was posted in bold text on the White House website.

Maybe they should have taped it to a hooker, or a gun, or a lobbyist, and sent it down the street.

It's like the real President is trying to negotiate with the Republicans, and somehow they seem to be negotiating with some caricature of the President they got from Fox "News",.or a chain email, never noticing that the actual President has common goals with them. Now because of the Republicans unwillingness to compromise in the real world, they've hurt America AGAIN.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Mar-02-13 10:52 AM

cont>>>

economic, etc) to suppress minor principles and rally around a major cause for us to be united.

Isn't it great being a human being in a society with a variety of other human beings.

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CHayes

Mar-02-13 10:52 AM

You know what can make compromise difficult? If one side literally has no idea what the other side if offering.

Google "what we have here is a failure to communicate post" for an extraordinary (and short) post on the Washington Post blog. It's kind of amazing.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Mar-02-13 10:51 AM

About 20 years ago and half way through the Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits" book, he talked about making "principle-based decisions" instead of "political-based decisions." That sounded good on the surface but the dilemma that I came to is that he never offered a set of principles. He never offered a " moral code", "law", or set of universal guiding principles. Sometimes "politically-motivated" is the set of principles that people adopt and live by.

Likewise, the author of this LTE points out that there are differences in principles. Some people are motivated by a "me-first" set of principles, some people are motivated by an "equal opportunity" set of principles, some people adopt a "equal benefits" set of principles, some people adopt a set of "Biblical" principles, and some people adopt other religious principles.

Sometimes it takes a crisis situation (world war, 9/11, economic

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CMReeder

Mar-02-13 8:59 AM

LOL

Congress doesn't argue principles but they sure will stand for them. That can be said for all of you.

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philunderwood

Mar-02-13 7:53 AM

It’s true that many people don’t have a clear view of their principles, but that’s a subject for another thread.

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metalhead

Mar-02-13 6:20 AM

Principles and Moral Judgement go hand in hand. And unfortunatly seem to be missing in todays society; and not just in the younger generations.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-02-13 6:19 AM

If your principles are not shared by the other side, compromise is impossible.

It would be like telling a woman to compromise with a rapist.

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LaughIn

Mar-02-13 3:11 AM

Principles should drive direction, you are correct Phil, this compromise makes the water to cloudy. Good point!

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