What is the difference between common ground and compromise?

On Monday, September 8, TheBlaze debuts its new fall lineup, which includes Dana Loesch’s weekly show, Dana, moving to five nights a week. Dana will now air weekdays at 6pm ET, immediately following the Glenn Beck Program. On radio this morning, Dana joined Glenn to discuss the very important distinction between compromise and common ground.

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As politics in America becomes increasingly polarized, solutions will only be possible if people begin to focus on the principles that can unite us instead of those that divide us. With that in mind, however, there is a distinction to be made between seeking common ground and compromising at the expense of principle.

Glenn recently returned from a trip to Nantucket where he noticed an interesting trend.

“I went on vacation, up in Nantucket [last week], staying at a friend’s house… I had been there five years ago. I have also been to Martha’s Vineyard around five or 10 years ago. And now it’s really different,” Glenn said. “Now Nantucket is becoming this conservative island, and Martha’s Vineyard is the Democrats’ island… What are you doing? When did we have to have our own separate islands? Are we not all Americans? We are separating from each other.”

As Dana explained, what Glenn witnessed in a tiny hamlet of New England is a micro example of a macro phenomenon.

“[It happens] because people view common ground as compromise,” Dana said. “They are two different things.”

Dana used the current debate over how to deal with ISIS as an example. When you look at the threat ISIS currently poses to the U.S., Dana explained we see a religious war in which an extremist sect of a religion is going after western civilization.

In the past, Americans used to be able to overlook political differences and deal with a foreign threat head on, but both Dana and Glenn wondered if the U.S. still has the “moral fiber” to combat that threat.

“The way we are looking at ISIS, this isn’t a political war. It’s not a wart of policy. It is a religious war,” Dana said. “You have one religion going after western civilization. Do we have that moral fiber to be able to combat that?”