14 Aug Stanley Hupfeld Appears on Hannity To Discuss Defunding the Affordable Care Act
Stan Hupfeld, author of Political Malpractice, was recently invited to appear on “Hannity” on Fox News, purportedly to discuss defunding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He shares his concerns with NewsOK: “While the invitation may sound impressive, I was one of 15 panelists. So my airtime was severely limited.
The panelists were seated on risers. My assigned place was next to a Fox regular. After introducing myself, she inquired whether I hated this “awful legislation.” When I said that there were parts of the bill I found attractive, she was no longer interested in talking to me.
What is it about our modern culture that makes us dismissive of opinions that don’t mirror our own? The federal government is in gridlock because of this attitude: “I’m right. You’re wrong. I have no interest in attempting to understand your point of view.” This refusal to even listen to ideas contrary to our own political ideology pervades all levels of government, from Congress down to City Hall. To ideologues from both parties, the word “compromise” takes on the stench of the word “collaborator.”
Driven by cable television news, which emphasizes the worst of our collective paranoia, and the gerrymandering of congressional seats (which makes the party primary the only real election in most states), we’ve become a nation focused on our own political inclinations, unwilling to compromise to solve even our most intractable problems. In this culture, the only real political benefit is to be seen as clinging to our “values” even to the point of irreparably damaging the economy, our safety and our place on the world stage. It was not always so. Our Founders, who both sides of today’s political divide extol to their own advantage, were great compromisers. The Constitution is hailed as one of the great examples of how learned men can formulate a document to produce a government of delicate balances and precision. This glorious gift from the Founders is full of compromises.
For instance, the bicameral legislative branch, which is based on proportional representation in the House and fixed representation in the Senate, was a compromise to keep large and small states happy. Even the most unfortunate part of the Constitution — counting slaves as three-fifths of a human being for the purpose of representation — was a compromise.
Are we to assume the Founders were willing to abandon their “values” simply to strike a deal? Or were they in fact men of principle who understood that the greater good (in Lincoln’s words “to establish a more perfect union”) requires the art of compromise? It’s a national tragedy that no one on the national scene appears to have the principles and the willingness to find common ground.
We have only ideologues who cling to their values at the expense of wisdom.” Invite Stan Hupfeld to speak at your upcoming event on the future of our healthcare and Affordable Care Act.