we saw potential
that we thought we could bring out
Watching TV last night, one of the ever growing list of do it yourself home repair shows flickered by.
There was a couple standing outside of this house that looked like a on old fashioned barn silo made of corrugated metal, laying over on its side.
The couple who lived there was being interviewed.
“We saw potential we thought we could bring out that never actually happened,” the couple said.
Why do I have this feeling that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and James Madison and all those folks are sitting around somewhere, saying the same thing.
According to Wikipedia, Mr. Madison and Mr. Hamilton discussed the possibility of the new country under a new constitution not reaching its’ potential because the country would be broken up by some ‘faction’.
Mr. Madison’s Federalist Paper No. 10 continues the discussion of the destructive role of a faction in breaking apart the republic that Mr. Hamilton started in Federalist No. 9.
Madison defines a faction as “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.“
Madison argues, these factions would be prone to make decisions in their own interest, and not for the public good.
Mr. Madison felt the answer was in a large democracy in the hands of elected delegates.
It was simple, thought Mr. Madison, because in a large republic, there there would be more “fit characters” to choose from for each delegate.
I am fascinated that the founders feared that maybe the United States was too big or would grow to big survive as a Union or that our freedoms would be abused.
I am dismayed that I while I can agree with Mr. Madison, that ‘fit characters’ in Government is a great response, I have to ask today, where did all those ‘fit characters’ go?
I often feel that when the USA poured out the brains, there were all on top, like cream, and now we are left with the bottom of the milk jug.
So much potential for a country less than 300 years old.
Hopefully it will be more than a potential that never actually happened.