July 30, 2011

OF COURSE, THAT EARLIER GENERATION...:

Heretical Thought: The System Is Working (Paul Greenberg, 7/30/11, Townhall)

But to a few of us simpler types, this little impasse in congressional halls demonstrates that the system is functioning, and not functioning, just as the writers of the Federalist Papers and the framers of the Constitution designed it. It's called a system of divided government, and by design it is supposed to work against itself as power checks power till somehow this Rube Goldberg treadmill clanks out the Will of the People.

A heretical thought: The miracle at Philadelphia in 1787, which the sophisticated told us even then wouldn't work, is still working. That sound you hear is just the friction of its unevenly moving parts. But they are moving. Even if none too fast, which is just the way the generation of Hamilton, Madison and Washington preferred it. Maybe those 18th-century gentlemen knew something that today's sophisticates have forgotten. Or never learned.


....had to learn to compromise over stuff that actually mattered, like slavery and federalism and stuff. These guys are quibbling over pretty trivial dollar numbers. But the broader point is that it's never been in doubt that they will reach a deal. The only real drama is whether the two wings will allow a big one to be reached or whether they insist on small ball.


Posted by at July 30, 2011 8:02 AM
  

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