A current commercial for Cadillac starts with the line, spoken by a woman with a sultry voice, “Only a weak man would urge compromise.” That is nonsense. Think, for example, of how proud we are of the men who framed the US Constitution. Every single one of them had to be a master of compromise or they never could have agreed on a Constitution. The marketing departments at Cadillac and other companies using the same theme would have prevented the formation of the United States of America had they had a voice in 1782.
Such ads are not merely irritating and not simply false, they are substantially damaging to America because people actually believe such nonsense. Do you doubt that America is suffering from a loss of ability to compromise? Look at the Senate and the House of Representatives. They have been shut down, limited to very close to zero accomplishment for the last six years.
Can we really afford to go without congressional leadership for such a long period of time, especially in the midst of a financial crisis? Of course not. But these men who boast of standing on their principles don’t seem to realize they are merely standing on a pile of bull pucky.
When leadership is reduced to merely trying to out shout and out maneuver those who differ, there is actually no leadership at all. And America has been damaged by the children of Washington, the children who think the word “fair” means the same as “my way.”
There is no moral or rational justification for the damage inflicted by McConnell and Boehner. History will hold them accountable and it will not be good for them.
Am I being petty to think automobile ads can actually influence the national culture? Then ask yourself why the companies spend so many hundreds of thousands of dollars on those ads.