Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More Echoes from James Madison

I wrote a short piece here about why we are a Republic, noting the desire of the most sage founders to inhibit radical government actions that rise from a "common impulse" or "passion" and serve the schemes of narrow-interested "factions".

Byron York has penned a similar commentary, though his title is more blunt : Why The Founding Fathers Would Want Obama's Plans to Fail

York's piece includes this righteous and prescient quote from Federalist 63 :

“There are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow meditated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice, and truth can regain their authority over the public mind?”

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