"One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised."Chinua Achebe
"The 'morality of compromise' sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised."Dale Carnegie
"A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.'"Barack Obama
The latest and to-strive-for thing here in The United States, is being bi-partisan. Or is it?
Is there something essentially good about compromise (bi-partisanship)? I don't THINK so.
But I bring it up because I heard designer - Isaac Mizrahi, who created Michelle Obama's dress for the State of the Union address - say tonight, on the Joy Behar show, that that Michelle's dress was "so bi-partisan". And hence "good".
Did he mean that it was bi-partisan because it was purple - a mix of red (Republican) and blue (Democratic) as Behar suggested? Isaac Mr Mizrahi agreed with this, but I suspect he just wanted to get on with it and to change the subject.
In any case, he claimed that the dress was "bi-partisan" and therefore good, and further, that the color purple could almost be re-named as the color "bi-partisan".
So ... Michelle wears bi-partisan and her husband wants to be, bi-partisan.
Personally I find Michelle Obama more gutsy than her husband. SHE doesn't appear to be a compromiser.
Did George W compromise? Did Bill Clinton? Jimmy Carter? JFK? Martin Luther King Jnr? Mandela, Ghandi?
Look at the range of what those people claimed to have stood for. And despite the disparities between them, all of them aimed for what they believed in - not espousing 50% of it - with the other 50% of their proposals being what they were AGAINST.
The current sort-of-proposed bi-partisan health care bill is a travesty. It is an abortion (no pun intended).
Taking the worst from both sides of Congress is taking the worst, whichever way you put it.
And talking of congress, will Obama stand by America's gay and bi citizens, supporting the rights of individuals' sexual orientation, as well as promoting bi-partisan?
I don't think so. BI only goes so far.
Or not far enough ...