Predictable and Preventable

The Rio Norte Line

The sadness and anger I feel about our current situation in America is that what we are going through as a nation was avoidable. It was completely foreseeable – and was actually predicted 226 years ago as the debate raged over the ratification of our Constitution. In February of 1788, James Madison (Publius) penned Federalist #51, stating:

“It is equally evident, that the members of each department should be as little dependent as possible on those of the others, for the emoluments annexed to their offices. Were the executive magistrate, or the judges, not independent of the legislature in this particular, their independence in every other would be merely nominal.

But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The…

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