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Published: Saturday, March 29 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Win-win is not compromise. Nobody wins if anybody cheats.

freedomingood
provo, Utah

Don't like compromise huh? So unless you get your way all the time democracy just isn't worth it right?

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

I call the whole story nonsense.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Like when mom and dad decide to get mom a little bit pregnant.

Crime is crime, even when you only do a little bit of it.

Refusing American civil law is un-American, regardless of your reason.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

That's why we have the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land. That's why the President, the Judges, and Congress all swear an oath to uphold the Constitution.

Swearing an oath to God declaring that you will faithfully execute the duties of your office will require answering to God if you fail to do your duty. Those who don't take their oath seriously will still answer for that oath.

Every citizen is required to diligently act in his office, which is to oversee the government and to do all in his power to correct the errors being made by government. Too many people abdicate their responsibility when they are offered a bribe in the form of a government job, or a tax credit, or a subsidy on their health insurance if they just ignore the corruption and graft in government. They become part of the problem instead of being part of the solution. They are "stealing" from their neighbor, the neighbor who is required to pay more than his fair share so that others don't have to pay their share.

D4inSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

So thats what they mean by "Utah Values"!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

A better, more accurate parable.

1 owns the car, the gas and the groceries, the politicians,
and DOES nothing.

Occasionally, they might throw a few crumbs to the 99 who are the workers,
and then support only the Government officials who obey their will.

That's how Gadianton's, Gangs and Mafias operate.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

How about... One likes chocolate.... the other likes peanut butter. But they can only make one product...

Or how about this. You have two sets of states. One set thinks people should have the right to own as property other human beings. The other half think that the act of slavery is immoral. In order to create a coalition that could hold off what was then the worlds most powerful military, they compromised. And in doing so created the nation we have today. This nation was created on compromise. The grand compromise was they considered a black man only 3/5ths human.

70 years later, and a million lives lost, the issue was finally resolved definitively, that no man has the right to own another as property. But had not a few men with foresight not seen the bigger picture, this nation would never have come to be. Slavery would had lasted for many more years. And the United States might have never been.

The analogy given by the poster is silly at best.

JenicaJessen
Riverton, UT

Two neighbors go grocery shopping. One wants to buy food from store A. One wants to buy food from store B. So they reach decide to solve the problem with a little constitutionally-corrupting crime family "protection" and buy half of the food from each store.

Doesn't sound quite so scandalous now, does it? The core of your parable is that one person wants to steal the food and is thus wicked- not that there was a compromise reached.

Your entire argument is based on the basic assumption that anyone who disagrees with you is evil. And that's where you lose all credibility.

Utefan60
Salt Lake City, UT

I find several letters interesting on this post. If a judge, the Congress or the President does anything they don't like then they scream that they are not following God or the Constitution.

We have all heard this over and over again. These same people are entitled to Mortgage relief on their taxes, deductions for multiple (and sometime too many) children, tax breaks and multiple entitlements including Social Security. etc. However they bad mouth any legislation such as the ACA, equal rights for all citizens, evolution, and even Common Core because it is an "activist judge" or some other division of the government not following God or the Constitution (At least in their limited view).

Sometimes it sounds like the Harper Valley PTA. T

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I've read the parable several times and still not sure I get it... Seems like a weak parable. What is the point he's getting at? Can someone decode it for me?

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "LDS Liberal" yes, and did you see the article today that shows that most of those Gadiantons you hate so much are Democrats? You know, the 1% that has money are clustered into Democrat Strongholds. Seems like you should question your favorite politicians a bit more.

Unfortunately compromise in the Federal Government is more like this. A young man is in college earning a degree in Modern Art at Stanford. When asked why he chose that degree he explains that his Dad wanted him to go to Harvard Medical School to be a Doctor, His mother wanted him to go to Yale for a Law degree to be a Lawyer, and he wanted to go to the state university and get a degree in Engineering.

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