In Defense of a Messy System

The folks at the Strategic Studies Quarterly offer a review of Louis Fischer’s new book defending both the US Congress and the Constitution. Read this review and you’ll be buying the book.

In writing Defending Congress and the Constitution, Fisher does not seek to be an apologist for the failings of Congress. On the contrary: he points us toward a reinterpretation of the various roles of government, and notes that it is Congressional passivity in the face of Executive or Judiciary excess flies in the face of the intent of the men who drafted the Constitution in the first place.

In defining Congress in a more activist context, Fischer admittedly opens a can of worms. But few would argue that an activist national legislature would be a fair improvement over the partisan infighting that has characterized the body over the past two decades.


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