The Founding Fathers were quite familiar with the record of some English kings of simply sending Parliament home, if the lawmakers were not following the monarch’s wishes.
He invented many of the political institutions we live with, and foresaw the shape of things to come.
If James Madison were alive today, he might be heard to say: “I told you so!”
It’s been reported that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are set to play a friendly round of golf on June 18th. While this might strike some as a unique approach to solving our debt crisis, hosting social engagements to discuss political matters is nothing new.
How can we foster civic dialogue that simultaneously produces the agreement necessary to advance the common good and respects the voices of protest that often contribute to social progress?