Teaching our Grinches the True Meaning of Democracy

December 20, 2018
Kevin Johnson and Nick Penniman

Abuse of power stopped by citizens, that’s a good sign of the health of our democracy, and it happened in New Jersey this past weekend when state legislative leaders were forced off a plan to permanently gerrymander Democratic control.  It’s an even better sign that the citizens groups doing the stopping were on the side that would have benefited politically from the power grab…

…The rebuked political leaders in these states might have looked a bit like the Grinch hearing that singing down in Whoville. “Maybe democracy isn’t just about which side wins,” they might have said, “maybe it means a little bit more.”