David Axelrod has a dream. Sadly, we instead live in a democracy.
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if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.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.