With the heated congressional debate over the tax cut extension, we are witnessing an historic example of Constitutional tenets of checks and balances in order to reach compromise. It is democracy in action, and one for the history books. The Constitution does not express ideological opinions because a single political philosophy should not create rule of law. A single event should not dictate reaction to future events of a similar nature. The public rightfully needs to have adult conversations and debates concerning real world problems in real time, and historically as now, the outcome is not going to please everyone. But our system of government is arranged so that those who "lose" the debate of the moment will live to see another day. I'm continually reminded of the brilliance of our founders who instinctively knew how to frame the Constitution while not knowing how diverse the nation would ultimately become.