Federalist Papers Suggest Ways to Improve Presidential Elections

Jennifer Rubin on how to improve presidential elections: Federalist 51: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” ...Federalist 10: In attempting to address the problem of “factions” and the potential for oppression by the majority, the Founders … Continue reading Federalist Papers Suggest Ways to Improve Presidential Elections

Dangers of Populism Or Too Much Democracy

James Madison wrote in Federalist 10: “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, … Continue reading Dangers of Populism Or Too Much Democracy

Does U.S. Suffer From Too Much Faith in the Common People?

My students in the United Arab Emirates ask what in the world is happening to the United States, a place they have found to be far more tolerant and accepting of religious diversity, and specifically of Muslims than Europe. Many have expressed admiration for the American way of life. The UAE Constitution says the country … Continue reading Does U.S. Suffer From Too Much Faith in the Common People?