April 15, 2010

Kicking down the door

Congress Becomes Madison's "Overbearing Majority"

James Madison in Federalist Paper No. 10

But the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society…It is in vain to say that enlightened statesmen will be able to adjust these clashing interests, and render them all subservient to the public good. Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm…

Men of factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs, may, by intrigue, by corruption, or by other means, first obtain the suffrages, and then betray the interests, of the people…

Those founders of ours had a wonderful way of looking ahead by looking at the past.

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