A Line in the Sand

compromise:  (v) a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.

appease:  (v) to yield or concede to the belligerent demands of (a nation, group, person, etc.) in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other principles.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the symbolism of a line drawn in the sand. It’s come up on other blogs and been discussed in general terms and applied specifically to the abortion question. I’ll leave the topic of abortion for another day – it surely requires an entry of its own.

Republicans appear to have an unfortunate tendency to be people pleasers; to care too much what their perceived peers think of them. This has led to them being guilty of appeasement when they should have sought compromise and of compromise when they should have drawn a line in the sand. When you stand for something, it’s very likely that you’re going to make someone unhappy. Republicans need to learn that lesson.

I happened on this video today, the last few minutes of Ronald Reagan’s speech at the 1964 RNC. Ronnie understood what I’m talking about and he articulates it better than I ever will.

To stand firm for a just cause is noble; appeasement is the road to destruction. There must be a point where there is no more compromise; where you give no more ground; where you fight every battle like everything’s riding on it.

There must be a point where we draw a line in the sand. If that point doesn’t exist, the war is already lost and we can all go home.

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