No Place for Absolutes in Democracy

Compromise is at the very heart and sole of a representative democracy.  It is necessary, no make that required, by the very nature of the institution.  Thus if you take a pledge to hold, absolutely, to one position, then you render yourself unsuitable to serve or participate!

[Motivated by the Grover Norquist Tea Party Representative's  "no new tax" pledge, but applicable in general across the political spectrum.]