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.]

2 thoughts on “No Place for Absolutes in Democracy

  1. Intetesting, so by your very definition you are unsuitable to serve or participate by the absolute nature of your statement.That is, unless of course you agree that certain things should not be compromised. I guess I am unsuitable since I will not compromise in my support of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the liberties of the individual recognized in these documents. How about you? By the way, I am not a Tea Party member.

    • That’s kind of accusing someone of being intolerant, for not tolerating intolerance. (i.e. racists, bigots and homo-phobes that cry intolerance when they try to make their abhorrent views the law of the land, and are rejected). Democracy requires compromise by it’s very nature. When one side refuses to compromise the system doesn’t work.

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