Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Warning From the Past

James Madison wrote in Federalist 62 a warning to future generations and one that is particularly apt today:
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if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.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?

I don't exactly know how to fix this problem in our system of government. If you have any ideas, feel free to suggest them to me.

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