Monday, December 14, 2009
Apropos Jacksonian Democracy
As we approach the Jacksonian Democracy unit, I was struck by this article over at the Volokh Conspiracy. Our founding fathers feared mobocracy and designed our Constitution to filter out the stupidity of the masses. During the Jacksonian era, we began to expand the circle of voters, which is generally regarded as a good thing.
Life is full of trade-offs. If we let everyone vote, silly people get to vote too. Evidently, the more attractive you are, the more likely you are to get elected. Go read the article.