Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Alexis de Tocqueville's visit to the US Senate

From the web page of the US Senate, This Week in Senate History, 16 January 1832,

"French political and social observer Alexis de Tocqueville visited the Senate in session. Later, he described the 1832 Senate as 'composed of eloquent advocates, distinguished generals, wise magistrates, and statesmen of note, whose arguments would do honor to the most remarkable parliamentary debates of Europe.'"

Comment: I'm not going to ask the leading question...no, he wouldn't find statesmen in the US Senate today such as he found in 1832.

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