22 March 2010

A Brilliant Virginian

James Madison once wrote: "Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm." I trust no one reading this blog needs convincing of that observation; perhaps one of the greatest understatements ever uttered.

Madison was a brilliant enough thinker to understand that the separation of powers relied on more than each branch having the "necessary constitutional means" to resist the others. The separation of powers provided each branch with the "personal motives" to "resist the encroachments of others." 
Read more of this interesting piece here at the American Thinker

1 comment:

Chaps said...

To paraphrase William F. Buckley, "I would rather be governed by the first 2000 names in the Rockbridge County phone book than by the faculty of the University of Virginia."