Monday, January 25, 2010

An Interesting Quote from the Federalist Papers

This certainly sounds familiar - does it not? James Madison was a wise, and apparently clairvoyant man. If he could visit us today and see the sheer size, ambiguity, and constant state of flux the obamacare bills are in, I'm certain he would yearn to return to his grave.

"The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?"

From Federalsit #62, dated February 27, 1788
[James Madison]

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