Sunday, June 22, 2008

Politics Of An Overbearing Majority

Here's a quote that I'd like you to read. "Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority. However anxiously we may wish that these complaints had no foundation, the evidence, of known facts will not permit us to deny that they are in some degree true."

You might think this was written recently but it wasn't. This was written by James Madison on November 22, 1787 (The Federalist 10).

When I read it, it rung true with me. All too often action is not taken in Washington because it seems politics get in the way. The "overbearing majority" (Democrats) seem to be against progress on such issues as energy independence and economic stimulus. They seem more concerned over who gets the credit instead of fixing things for the people they represent. The public good is disregarded in the name of politics and this is not right.

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