When Rehaboam succeeded his father, King Solomon, as king of the combined kingdom of Judea and Israel, his subjects cried for him to lower the excessive taxes of the prior government. Rehaboam sought the counsel of young advisors, and followed their lead when he threatened to impose even higher taxes than those earlier in place. Needless to say, Rehaboam was deposed, at least by Israel, which went its own way and became the Northern Kingdom.
Youthful, unseasoned, enthusiastic advisors are not generally known for offering the best or most pragmatic counsel. Following the lead of the raw and unseasoned proved to be calamitous for Rehaboam, and has been equally so in America today.
Republican conduct has been overtaken and controlled by the Tea Party fringe. The executive and the Democtratic party have been co-opted by an unsustainable devotion to liberalism. In the uncompromising attitudes of both parties there seems to be disdain for the citizens of our country; for the thousands of federal employees who suddenly had no income, and for the cases they made to the constituents who voted them into office.
As Rehaboam dismissed the people of Israel, so too has Congress ignored the needs of Americans.
Pundits have noted that President Obama has not publicly gloated that he got America running again, but did he? Did the Republicans lose as they refused to give up overturning the Affordable Care act? Did Democrats shoot themselves in the foot as they refused to compromise?
Hooray, the government has reopened. It ought never have been shut. Neither Democrats nor Republicans won the battle for American hearts. As Rehaboam sacrificed overtaxed masses, both sides of the aisle lost voters’ allegiance.
And to think it might just happen all over again in January. Yippee!
Mature, thoughtful Americans of all religious and political stripes know that compromise is often needed to get ahead in life. Why don’t our political leaders know this as well?