Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 | 2:02 a.m.
I suggest that anyone elected to public office in this country should be asked — perhaps required — to read John Stuart Mill’s essay “On Liberty.”
He states that the essence of a democracy is compromise. In a democracy, no party, no senator, no representative, no president should get his or her own way all of the time. That would be a dictatorship, autocracy or monarchy, not a democracy.
Look up the meaning of democracy — government by the people. The people will have different opinions and desires, as does any family, PTA or city council. We learn to compromise at an early age. So why can’t our elected representatives in Washington get it through their sometimes thick heads that they are required to do the same thing?