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The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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

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