In a recent Reason blog post Lawrence Lessig is quoted as saying “Our Framers wanted a Congress dependent not upon foreign powers, or upon the President, or upon anything else save upon the People.” Lessig said this while bitching about the Citizen’s ruling.
I’m so tired of hearing people whine about this being the end of democracy. In my own town’s Black and White I had to write a response to an asinine column on the topic.
Actually, our Framers didn’t want a Congress dependent on the people. That’s why representatives weren’t selected via the popular vote. They were selected by each state’s government. So we actually today have more democracy, even with the Citizen’s ruling, than the Framers intended us to have.
Personally, I share the Framers’ wariness about democracy. In one of the Federalist Papers, maybe the 56th, the author explains why so many checks are put on democracy in the Constitution. Democracy unchecked will always lead to the forced redistribution of wealth. And here we are. A third of my paycheck is confiscated, most is skimmed off the top, and the rest goes to redistribution schemes called Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.