I was just reading Obama’s Inaugural address and one of the phrases he used jumped out at me …

To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

… which reminded me of a line from the David Roth‘s (the folk singer) song “Dragon to Butterfly” which has the line …

A man can move mountains, a world can be turned, and the greatest of distances easily spanned, When the strength that’s invested in making a fist is transformed into shaking a hand.

I like the symbolism in both.

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