The Order of Representative Democracy

Source: Law & Liberty
by John O McGinnis

“When Thomas Jefferson was elected Vice President, he also became President of the Senate. An overlooked accomplishment in his storied career was the manual that he provided to guide the operations of that chamber. His rules embody the ideal of democracy we have — a representative democracy that puts a premium on the order and decorum that promote deliberation. Representatives are not sent simply to vote the interests of those who supported them. They are supposed to deliberate for the common good. That obligation in turn requires listening to others and looking for compromises to move the polity forward.” (05/18/23)