Just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the Constitution...
Sooner or later, you've got to compromise.
You've got to start making the compromises
that arrive at a consensus and
move the country forward.
— Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and four-star General
We live in a time where compromise and collaboration are crimes.
Where leaders who attempt to cross the aisle are vilified and excommunicated.
It is no longer honorable to work together with someone who has a different viewpoint. Compromise and consortion with opponents is a crime that could cost you your job as a politician.
Accepting this reality leads us to this question: Is it worse that nothing is being done to move the country forward... OR that our leaders no longer seem to care?
Colin Powell (born 1937) is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th Secretary of State under George W. Bush and was the first African American to serve in that position.
During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor, as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Born in Harlem as the son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first of two consecutive black office-holders to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.