For all who don’t have time to read 600+ pages of the Federalist Papers (which contain the backbone of the reasoning behind our constitution and were the argumental base of its support) here is a logical bit:
“It may perhaps be said that the power of preventing bad laws includes that of preventing good ones; and may be used to the one purpose as well as to the other. But this objection will have little weight with those who can properly estimate the mischiefs of that inconstancy and mutability in the laws, which form the greatest blemish in the character and genius of our governments. They will consider every institution calculated to restrain the excess of law-making, and to keep things in the same state in which they happen to be at any given period, as much more likely to do good than harm; because it is favorable to greater stability in the system of legislation. The injury which may possibly be done by defeating a few good laws, will be amply compensated by the advantage of preventing a number of bad ones.”– Federalist No. 73, The Provision For The Support of the Executive, and the Veto Power
Alexander Hamilton, From the New York Packet
Friday, March 21, 1788.
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