Monday, November 9, 2009

Mistrust of elective bodies: nothing new here

From page 369 of Gordon Wood's The Creation of the American Republic: 1776-1787 (1969):

"The legislatures, it was repeatedly claimed, were becoming simply the instruments and victims of parties and private combinations, puppets in the hands of narrow-minded, designing men."

Wood is referring to conditions in the 1780s. But isn't it striking how similar this sounds to criticisms we hear of Congress today?