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Terrorism works because some politicians will eventually accommodate terrorist behavior in the hopes that in so doing a "greater good" will emerge from their moral compromise. Police Officer Lance Eldridge

Compromise is a loaded term. Often, it connotes sleaziness, payoffs, moral cowardice, the breeding ground of cynicism and political corruption. Compromise with terrorists, for example, will lead only to greater acts of terrorism, as Officer Eldridge and many others have noted.

However, appropriate compromise is part of all facets of life. For vacation, you want to go to Civil War battle sites, your wife wants to go to Hawaii . You end up in Orlando . Without such compromise, marriages would fail even more than they already do.

In politics, wedding allegiance to principle with prudent good judgment is a daily struggle. Critical legislation is seldom drafted to anyone's full satisfaction. That is why principled compromise is so important.

Wisdom, prudence and good judgment, combined with accurate information and a willingness to decide, are all necessary for the making of sound decisions. Political philosopher Bruce Frohnen observes, "Prudence is the necessary tool for the attainment of virtue ... (it) is the practical wisdom necessary if one is to judge rightly how to respond to particular circumstances."

Such principled compromise is a matter of both honor and judgment - of the wisdom and prudence articulated in Scripture, affirmed in the conscience, and demonstrated in daily life. As Jesus said, "Wisdom is vindicated by her deeds" (Matthew 11:19).

Genuine wisdom is grounded in truth - truth that teaches the sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage, the importance of religious liberty. Thanks for standing with Family Research Council as we apply that truth, with wisdom, in the public square.


Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

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