I didn’t plan on writing anything today, but sometimes one just finds something worth sharing – especially when one reads Daniel Hannan’s blog.
In all the commotion following the death of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), the gravity of which incidentally was a welcome relief after the Michael Jackson hype shortly before, most of the attention focused on Kennedy the man. Most writings near-deified the man, which is understandable in obituaries; a few uncharitably (if truthfully) decried his shortcomings. But I just noticed a far more thoughtful piece, by a foreigner no less, which used the situation to speak more broadly about the American federal legislature.
Last month, I spoke to perhaps the most exalted audience I shall ever address: a closed meeting of the 40 Republican Senators. What struck me most about them was their unstuffy but palpable sense of the dignity of their office. There was no feeling, as there would be among British MPs, that some were more equal than others. There were no backbenchers yearning to be frontbenchers. John McCain sat among his peers, not as a de facto GOP leader, but as a man who had been given the incalculable honour of representing Arizona in the supreme council of his nation.
It’s an excellent commentary on the Senate, and its anti-populist role in America’s system of mixed government, and given our recent conversations on the subject is worth reading in its entirety. It can be found here.
Brian Brown loves building the environments, habits, and networks that make people thrive. He is the founder of Humane Pursuits, where he writes a featured column and edits the Give channel. He started his consulting company, Narrator, to help great mission-driven organizations modernize and grow. He lives with his wife Christina and son Edmund in Colorado Springs, where they mix cocktails, hunt for historic architecture, and see how many people they can squeeze into their house for happy hour.