Magazine October 1, 2018, Issue

Congress: Difficult by Design

President Donald Trump with Congressional Republicans on the South Lawn of the White House, December 20, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
It has its inefficiencies, but changing the Constitution is the wrong way to fix them

Daniel Patrick Moynihan once remarked that “the United States is the one nation in the world with a real legislature.” The senator from New York was boasting of our system, but many would take his statement as an indictment. The independence of Congress in our separation of powers makes our elected representatives uniquely able to frustrate the plans of our executive branch and seemingly ensures a parochialism more easily contained in other systems of government. If a legislature is conceived as an organ for “efficiently solving problems,” these are firing offenses. Given how many people conceive of government in these

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In Defense of the Constitutional Order

Books, Arts & Manners




Kevin D. Williamson responds to a reader’s thoughts on his article, “More Important than Motorcycles.”
The Week

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