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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-04-08 08:44 PM
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62. I understood his point clearly
Edited on Thu Dec-04-08 08:45 PM by jberryhill
Yes, the point of the Constitution is to limit power by enumeration and separation.

The aim is to avoid tyranny. And you have never shaken at the sound of the word "tyranny" in the same manner as Joe Biden used to pronounce it during his con law classes at Widener, and it is why I do not doubt his convictions in the least on that point. The campaign rhetoric about abuse of power was not just rhetoric. To the core, he believes that tyranny is the greatest earthly evil.

But we don't need to reproduce the Federalist and the Farmer here to get to the point that the Constitution, as drafted, more greatly attenuated the connection between the ballot box and the federal government, than as amended now (particularly w/r/t popular election of Senators). This was not considered a bug, but it was expressly sold in the Federalist as a feature. That attenuation was intended as a bulwark against the problem of tyranny of the majority.

So if you are going to cite Jefferson's commentary - consider it in the context of Jefferson's Constitution.
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