the secret of democracy is…swing

A week of yet another battle involving the Republican right, this time over payroll taxes, ended with the right caving. Now that it’s over the press is busily adding up winners and losers.

My contribution: the real winner is the following idea, which had a weak but genuine expression in Senate Democrats and Republicans working together.

“Our current lack of respect for the swing can be likened to the current state of our democracy. Balance is required to maintain something as delicate as democracy, a subtle understanding of how your power can be magnified through joining with and sharing the power of another person. When that is no longer understood, it becomes a battle to see who is the strongest, who is the loudest, who can get the most attention.”

– Wynton Marsalis, from ‘Moving To Higher Ground

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