When "Compromise" Doesn’t Quite Compute: A Conservative Perspective

When "Compromise" Doesn’t Quite Compute: A Conservative Perspective

"Compromise" – it’s a word that’s often lauded, romanticized, and thrown around in the hallowed halls of our Columbia Statehouse. Yet, for many a staunch conservative, it's akin to the suspicious link you never click on in an email; you just know something's not right.

For those who wear the badge of conservatism with pride, limited government isn't just an ideal. It's the bedrock of their belief system. Now, that doesn’t mean anarchists running amok; it means ensuring that the government plays its rightful role – safeguarding individual freedoms, upholding law and order, and delivering essential services. It means being ever vigilant against the overreaches of state power.

Yet, some Republicans, touting the conservative banner, seem to have developed an affection for compromise. But, as we move forward to our next legislative session, remember this: not all compromises are made equal. While some may reduce governmental power, the overwhelming majority (let's ballpark it around 99%) serve as vessels for its expansion. Case in point? Legislation in SC, where compromise has been synonymous with increasing state influence.

When compromise enters the legislative arena, it's often greeted with the same skepticism as an uninvited guest at a barbecue. Sure, they may come bearing gifts (or in this case, legislative concessions), but at what cost?

Here’s where the rubber meets the road:

Diluted Solutions: A compromise leads to watered-down policies that don’t fully address the original problem or do so ineffectively because they’ve been altered to appease the Left party.

Sacrificing Core Principles: In the spirit of reaching a middle ground, compromise will require conservatives to relent on fundamental values and principles. Such sacrifices will undermine the foundation of conservative beliefs, raising questions about the true cost of compromise.

Temporary Fixes: Compromises result in short-term or superficial solutions to deeper, systemic issues, delaying necessary comprehensive repeals and meaningful solutions.

Setting Unwanted Precedents: Compromises establish new baselines or expectations for future negotiations and legislative efforts. These established precedents make it more challenging to uphold or advocate for core conservative principles in subsequent legislative discussions or decisions.

Unintended Consequences: Legislation forged through compromise leads to unforeseen or unintended outcomes. Hasty agreements, made to expedite legislation or appease dissenting views, often yield laws with adverse effects or complications that were not thoroughly considered or anticipated.

Creating Frameworks for Expansion: Compromise often builds a scaffold for additional laws and regulations. A law, once compromised, can open doors to further governmental overreach, setting the stage for an incremental expansion of regulations and bureaucratic control.

So, if the conservative playbook revolves around enacting laws only when they reduce regulations or when they are paramount to our national ethos, where have we gone astray?

Here's a sobering observation: in all the bills observed over recent years, few, if any, have genuinely aimed to streamline government intervention or elevate personal freedoms. And yes, that includes the likes of S164. Most, if we dare to inspect closely, have buried within their folds compromises that further balloon the state’s reach.

Dear fellow conservatives, the next time a 'compromised' legislation crosses your desk, or headlines your news feed, take a moment. Reflect. Ask yourself – is this law expanding or contracting government boundaries? Are we genuinely preserving our constitution, or just playing fast and loose with its interpretations?


After all, if we truly cherish our constitutional republic, shouldn't we be safeguarding it against diluted legislations that risk compromising its very essence?

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."

James Madison

To end on a thought-provoking note: Isn't it better to let a bill perish in its infancy than to nurse a compromised version that grows into a behemoth threatening our very freedoms?

To Compromise or Not to Compromise – that, dear conservatives, is the question. Choose wisely.

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