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Old Sep 2nd 2017, 07:42 AM
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Default McCain's Memo

It's remarkable that, when one political party controls all of Congress and the Whitehouse, members of that same party are calling for greater compromise with the minority, for regular order over reconciliation, for hearings, debate and amendment over forcing through backroom deals by party leaders. If you have a moment for 750 words, I think these are some of Senator John McCain's finest:

"Congress will return from recess next week facing continued gridlock as we lurch from one self-created crisis to another. We are proving inadequate not only to our most difficult problems but also to routine duties. Our national political campaigns never stop. We seem convinced that majorities exist to impose their will with few concessions and that minorities exist to prevent the party in power from doing anything important....Our entire system of government with its checks and balances, its bicameral Congress, its protections of the rights of the minority was designed for compromise....It requires pragmatic problem-solving from even the most passionate partisans. It relies on compromise between opposing sides to protect the interests we share. We can fight like hell for our ideas to prevail. But we have to respect each other or at least respect the fact that we need each other."
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