Friday, November 09, 2007

Why Statesmen Matter and Politicians Don’t

HT: Sterling at the Repeal the 17th Amendment Discussion Board and ROAR Restoring Our American Republic, Inc

From The Federalist:

"As the cool and deliberate sense of the community ought in all governments, and actually will in all free governments ultimately prevail over the views of its rulers; so 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 mediated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice and truth, can regain their authority over the public mind?"


James Madison, Federalist No. 63, 1788

Comment: Statesmen are sorely needed in this society of instant gratification and whiny selfish citizenry.

2 comments:

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Brian said...

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BD