James Madison was a smart guy

Unable to get their way and pass hugely unpopular legislation, even with an overwhelming majority in the Congress and control of the Presidency, many Democrats in government and their supporters on the Left have argued for the elimination of the filibuster from the Senate. “Anti-democratic!” they call it.

Baseball Crank has a good post up citing President Madison in Federalist 62 on why it is important to have a Senate that slows down the rush to enact complex (and bad) legislation. I recommend you give it a look. Here’s a telling excerpt:

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.

And maybe the Democrats should, too, since they seem to have forgotten the Whys of their own government.

UPDATE: More on Mr. Madison’s thoughts on current politics.


One Response to James Madison was a smart guy

  1. Porkchop says:

    Now this is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen you post in awhile. From the Barney Frank article:
    “It is outrageous,” Frank said. “It tends to be, in many cases, the senators from those smaller states that aggregate to get up to be the 40.” Less populous states, he argued, end up with a disproportionate amount of power.
    That displays a fundamental ignorance of the give and take that went into creation of the US Constitution: the Senate is DESIGNED to give the smaller states a larger voice. But what’s even more alarming is the short-sightedness involved. Didn’t the MA delegation learn anything from Scott Brown’s election? If they hadn’t changed the rules so that then GOP Gov. Romney couldn’t appoint a Senator, there would be TWO Dems from MA in the Senate right now. When the Dems aren’t in the majority anymore, aren’t they going to want to be able to take advantage of the same system?

    I have to admit this is the first time I’ve started to wonder if the whole fascist takeover thing actually has something to it.

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