Compromise Does Not Preclude Drawing a Moral Line of Principle in the Sand

07/26/2011 09:44 am ET | Updated Sep 25, 2011

Compromise yes; but an agreement to spending cuts, cuts that would impact Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Without Any Revenues from closing tax loopholes for corporate jet owners, carried interest of hedge fund managers, and oil subsidies, NO!

Speaker Boehner's plan is a rejection of a balanced shared sacrifice approach as a first step toward deficit reduction and ending the impasse on raising the debt ceiling.

The State of the Union is at stake; the creditworthiness of the United States is at stake.

Does President Obama want to go down in history as the first Democratic President to take the country down the road to dismantling Medicare and Social Security as trusted entitlement pillars of health care and retirement without receipt of new tax revenues to off-set the cost of these and other social programs? Yes, compromise is the essence democratic government unless such compromise is antithetical to the foundation and fundamentals of decency and fairness, which are values and concepts enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

The president should veto any legislation that does not embody a shared sacrifice and a balanced approach between cuts and revenues enacted to reduce our deficit. Compromise must be consistent with some non-negotiable moral principle. Shared sacrifice with new revenues is the heart and soul of such a moral principle.

In my previous blog in which I quoted the president's question as to whether there was anything the Republicans can say "yes" to, I suggested the crisis over raising the debt ceiling was so serious that one million supporters of the president should consider going to Washington and "sitting in" around Congress to protect the credit worthiness of our country.

Forgive me, I was "dating" myself. This is not the 1960s. This is the age of the multi-platform social network communication hardware and software technologies of email, Twitter, the iPhone, blackberry, the laptop, Facebook, etc. Not one million, but 10 million plus should communicate their outrage over the refusal of the Republican controlled House to participate in and support the "shared sacrifice" proposal of President Obama.

Take a page from our young brothers and sisters in the Middle East who initiated their "Arab Spring." Those who love their country should invoke the proud legacy of young people who participated in the "Freedom Summer of 1964" in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. Now's the time for the American Summer of Social Network protest to reclaim and redeem the soul of America to enable the president to get beyond this debt ceiling crisis to focus his time and attention, 24/7, on the unemployment crisis in our nation.