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It is something to be argued, perhaps, for decades, and Beltway readers are welcome to weigh in. The question: “Are politicians today as wise as those who produced the U.S. Constitution?” It is asked by the virtueminded In Character magazine.
“No,” says William Voegeli, a scholar with Claremont McKenna College’s Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom. “What sets the politicians of 2009 apart from the ones of 1787 is the pervasive modern denial that human nature is something we can understand and a basis on which we can found a political order.”
Jack N. Rakove, professor of history and political science at Stanford University, counters, “Yes, ‘but.’ It is not that politicians today are individually any