By Jay Cost
After the Constitutional conference, Benjamin Franklin was once requested, “Well, physician, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin’s reaction: “A Republic—if you could preserve it.”
This e-book argues: we couldn’t retain it.
A actual republic privileges the typical curiosity above the specific pursuits. to do that, our structure proven an intricate approach of tests and balances that separates energy one of the branches of presidency, and locations them in clash with each other. The Framers believed that this might retain greedy, covetous factions from buying sufficient strength to dominate govt. in its place, in basic terms the folks might rule.
Proper institutional layout is key to the program. each one department needs to deal with responsibly the powers it really is granted, in addition to rebuke the opposite branches after they move off beam. this is often the place next generations have run into hassle: we have now overloaded our executive with extra energy than it might deal with. The Constitution's exams and balances have damaged down as the associations created in 1787 can't workout responsibly the powers of our sprawling, large twenty-first century government.
The result's the triumph of detailed pursuits over the typical curiosity. James Madison referred to as this factionalism. we all know it as political corruption.
Corruption at the present time is so common that our executive isn't a lot a republic, yet particularly a unique curiosity democracy. every person may perhaps take part, definite, however the contours of public coverage count now not rather a lot at the universal solid, yet relatively the push-and-pull of a few of the curiosity teams encamped in Washington, DC.
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Burt Neuborne: I am going to ask you an unpleasant question, Tony. If they had found weapons of mass destruction as a result of this, would we be here now talking about a major change in interrogation technique as appropriate? Are we here now, so confidently speaking out against this, because it apparently failed? It did not generate any important intelligence. Are you so sure that Timmerman was right? ” Even if I am pretty sure it is going to get me to a place where I would have information that would save enormous numbers of lives?
He said, “They would never get that far. I would speak immediately because why bother? You are going to break. ” This is a professional intelligence officer of many years standing. It was a perfectly reasonable response, and when you get further into the process in terms of dealing with actual persons who have actually been involved in this treatment on the receiving end, it is very clear what is going on. You cannot be isolated in the situation that these people were in and not capitulate. Are we going to permit a system to continue that is based on this?
Many years ago, at least 20, maybe more, I was in Jerusalem P1: JtR 0521857929c01a 18 CB993/Greenberg 0 521 85792 9 October 10, 2005 NEUBORNE, PRIEST, LEWIS, DRATEL, MORI, AND GILLERS and had an interview with Jacobo Timmerman. Timmerman was a prisoner in Argentina who was tortured. Actually, his life was saved by the Carter Administration, which protested strongly enough to keep him from being killed. When Timmerman was finally released, he chose to go to Israel. Timmerman and I were talking about a lot of things one day, and we got onto the subject of torture.
A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption by Jay Cost