Fandango’s Flashback Friday — February 19

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 19th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This was originally posted on February 19, 2018. Not much has changed in three years, has it?

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Compromise is a part of life. For example, if I want to do one thing and my wife wants to do something else, we compromise — and do what she wants. Because, you know, happy wife, happy life.

But in American politics these days, compromise is a dirty word. It’s a sign of weakness, of capitulation. It’s considered to be a zero-sum game, a situation in which one group can win something only by causing the other group to lose it.

As a result, there is legislative gridlock in Congress where key votes are strictly along party lines and any congressperson who doesn’t vote that way is considered to be a traitor to his or her party.

No wonder Americans are frustrated and angry with the government and with Congress, where it’s always party above country. And we have an imbecile in the Oval Office and a Cabinet where the primary qualifiers for being on it are great wealth and incompetence for the role.

Perhaps for the greater good, our elected representatives should heed the words of the Rolling Stones:

You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
You get what you need


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “compromise.”

15 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — February 19

  1. Heyjude February 19, 2021 / 3:55 am

    I love that Stones song! And yes, I have always wondered about the American system. Not that ours (UK) is a whole lot better.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mister Bump UK February 19, 2021 / 6:07 am

    This is exactly why I like proportional systems. No one party has anywhere near full control, so they are forced to compromise.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Carol anne June 8, 2021 / 11:55 am

    I agree wholeheartedly with you on this point! This was a very old post but I am catching up on some I missed back a few months ago. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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