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?”

  • soybomb315
    • Crassus

      I prefer the video of Rube Paul’s appearance on the Morton Downey Jr. Show back in 1988. If you think he’s crazy now you should have seen him when he was a kid.

      • soybomb315

        i’ve seen that. But he was less crazy than the audience and Mr. Downey himself.

        Let us not forget – while you criticize Ron Paul for that appearance, Glenn Beck was a drunk. A man learns as he gets older. I dont hold it against “Rube Paul” since he did nothing wrong – but it is interesting that he learned a better way to influence people’s minds. What is important to note for people like you is that Ron Paul was consistent on the issues since even before ’88. The other republican candidates have flip flopped many times since GW Bush.


        • Yo Mamma

          Beckster drunk??? Seriously wouldn’t have considered it. Drug abuse yes, not drunk.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    I wish we had separate countries to be honest and let the best one win.

    • landofaahs

      I think it’s coming whether we want it or not.

      • Pachy Serrano

        That’s B. S. unless you conservatives do “first blood”. Then, we talking brother! Am ready when you ready . . . No fear!!

        • landofaahs

          wow!! That’s violent communistic revolutionary talk if I ever heard of it. LOL

      • Yo Mamma

        I hope to see you on the front line. Probably not tho. You’re a coward hiding in the rear with the gear

        • landofaahs

          Pound sand vacman. Besides, I am ready and willing to go to our southern border and defend it with arms. Just as long as it’s simply to destroy the invading enemy.

          • Yo Mamma

            Nobody is holding you back girlfriend. Your cowardice is.

    • Pachy Serrano

      I think you forgotten how we got here as a Nation. North vs. South, remember?
      Or you saying another Civil War is necessary? What about if “you guys” lose? . . . Again.

      • Jero

        It is unlikely, but you wouldn’t need a civil war to split the country. However, a conservative nation would succeed where a liberal nation would fail which might lead to some issues. Also again? Learn your history. Republicans and conservatives won that war.

      • soybomb315

        It wasnt a civil war. Civil war means two groups fighting for control of a central government.

        What we had in 1860s is a war to prevent secession.

  • landofaahs

    There is no common ground with Godless people.

    • Yo Mamma

      And your god is defined where exactly?

      • landofaahs

        I will tell you when you tell me who your God is vacman.

        • tonybigs

          His “god” is himself, the quintessential “god creator”. Having failed *miserably* at You Tube, he now bows to his keyboard.

          • landofaahs

            He is to be pitied.

          • Yo Mamma

            And you should wake up

          • landofaahs

            And you should be put to sleep.

          • Yo Mamma

            Now you are resorting to threats on my life

            Keep it up and YOU WILL be investigated

  • Pachy Serrano

    Am sure Dana was hanging out with liberals too and enjoying herself and we are here like kids talking crap to each other . . . Yea, we forget WE ALL AMERICANS AT THE END . . .

    • landofaahs

      No we are not. If you are a communist or a socialist , you are not an American. Americans believe in a very limited government and very limited taxes. Real Americans take care of themselves and don’t expect others to provide them a living. We take care of those who cannot take care of themselves because of mental retardation or because of physical maladies keep them from being able to provide for themselves.

      • Yo Mamma

        I cannot believe you said that a communist AMerican is not an AMerican.

        So I guess Italian AMericans are not Americans either, in your humble opinion . Sheeesh, one cannot fix stooooopid

        • landofaahs

          Since your IQ begins with a decimal point. I will type it slowly so you can follow. An Italian American can be a TRUE American if they espouse the principles of it’s founding which I have already listed. Individual liberty and responsibility along with minimal government little taxes and no government interference with free enterprise as long as fraud and cronyism are not used. I don’t believe in government payments like welfare, food stamps and the like are constitutional and they are certainly anti traditional American.

          • Yo Mamma


            Typing slowly? Seriously

          • landofaahs

            There is an old Polish joke that goes like this. A polish boy writes to his mother and says “Dear mother, I am writing slow because I know you don’t read fast”. I knew the humor was over your head but then again so is 2+2. By the way, some of my ancestors are from Poland so I can tell Polish jokes.

          • Yo Mamma

            To appreciate the poles is to appreciate what they did to the jews

  • G….h.i

    This nation is too far gone to be able to find common ground. The word used a lot in the recent years was and is (COMPROMISE).
    We are in campaign season and the next elections are coming up. The liberals are hard at work on winning not solving the current crisis we have now.

    Their leadership is based on winning an election rather than doing the right things.
    Congress is too afraid to put its foot down for fear of losing the next elections.
    Congress is blamed over and over by the Dems and MSM.
    Yet Obama and Reid stonewalls and prevents congress from being able to get anything done.

    It’s a game Obama and Reid plays and are masters at it. We need new leadership and a serious conversation needs to happen before we look at 2016.

    How in the world can we expect to find common ground when we have those with this my way or the highway attitude in certain positions?

    Time isn’t on our side to sort out our differences with hard headed elitist. IsIs and Russia is moving on steadfastly while we are way behind trying to play catch up.

    Well we are not playing catch up at all. We are playing politics as usual and just so happens we have to watch how we approach things because our own liberty and possibly lives are on the line.

    I can honestly say that Obama and the liberals put us here.

    • landofaahs

      I agree. Separation is the best we can hope for and that will only occur when the collapse makes it impossible to maintain the status quo.

  • Yo Mamma

    You know Glenn, you’re about as sharp as a wad of wet hair!

    “Are we not all Americans?”

    If you are looking for common ground, why do you always bring up your religion and references to god? Thats not a happy common ground. All people have common ground and its not the gods that you mention to hang about in those pastures.

    • landofaahs

      Do we have to have that cute gal visit you again vacman? LOL

      • Yo Mamma

        You know it

    • landofaahs

      If your brains were gasoline, you wouldn’t have enough fuel to power an ant’s motorcycle around a track in side a cheerio. Your comment is exactly why you cannot work with liberals. And atheists like you are the worst of the lot. Liberals will always knife you in the back.

      • Yo Mamma

        LOL now I’m an Atheist. yesterday I was a Muslim

        You are one confused girly

        • landofaahs

          Same thing, both end up in hell.

  • EHattSwank

    “Are we not all Americans? We are separating from each other.” — Says the guy who drew up & promoted elaborate plans to build his own separate little conservative utopia “Independence USA” . Says the guy who has repeatedly described liberal-voting areas of the country as a cancer, a disease, from which all right-thinking conservatives must separate themselves.

    Yeah, yeah, i get it, Beck’s on this new “love everybody” kick … color me skeptical. But the important point is to note that all of the rest of us, those who don’t bloviate on the airwaves every day, we live & work together with people who don’t agree with us all the time, every day, and we do just fine. And we’ll continue to do fine without any self-congratulatory sermonizing from wanna-be MLK here.

    • BlueMN

      I wonder how construction on St. Beckgrad is going? For some reason, he doesn’t seem to talk about it anymore. LOL

  • jim

    That a bit rich Coming from a guy that believes god lives on a planet near a star called Kolob and the Garden of Eden was in Missouri!


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