Powell incorrectly complained about the Tea Party for "divisive tone" in Washington saying: "They [Tea party] say compromise is a dirty word, and they try to point to the Founding Fathers and the Constitution." Colin Powell Blames Media and Tea Party for Divisive Tone in Washington | NewsBusters.org "Compromise is a dirty word"? Let's define "compromise"... A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions. So before a compromise is possible each side needs to clearly define the "differences" before making concessions. Tea Party wants governmental spending cuts. Non-Tea party does not want to cut spending. These are the two most apparent "differences". But when would "compromise" be wrong... Simple.. You want something that will require me to violate my principles! That's when it is wrong to compromise.