On Friday, Bladine said he would wait at least until Wednesday to sue, since he's received some assurances from lawmakers that the panel might get some extra funding.
He was the principal author of the US Constitution, and is often called the “Father of the Constitution”. In 1788, he wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers, the most influential commentary on the Constitution. The first president to have served in the United States Congress, he was a leader in the 1st United States Congress, drafting many basic laws, and was responsible for the first ten amendments to the Constitution and thus is also known as the “Father of the Bill of Rights”. As a political theorist, Madison’s most distinctive belief was that the new republic needed checks and balances to protect individual rights from the tyranny of the majority. (emphasis mine)Think about that. States rights -- in the US Constitution -- as envisioned by Madison, was a mechanism to keep in check the tyranny of the majority. Yet, on the state level, Andy Biggs is ALL ABOUT tyranny of the (manipulated) majority. The context of Biggs' remarks on this very subject, last Tuesday, was that the state legislature had THE RIGHT, codified and justified by the US Constitution, to tyrannically impose its will on the political subdivisions (cities, towns and counties) of Arizona.
Biggs made his comments in explaining his vote in favor of a measure to prohibit political subdivisions from using photo radar (SCR1029). He had the audacity to verbally thumb his nose at Arizona cities, towns and counties -- all in the name of states rights. And fourteen of his senate colleagues agreed with him. This time, a couple of Republicans dared to disagree. Since sixteen votes are needed to pass anything out of the senate, the measure was defeated. But no bill is truly dead before the session ends.
Excerpts from John Nichols' UPRISING
Constraints on leaders, both structural and political, were necessary because, as Madison observed, "Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations. -- page 25
The revolt that swept Wisconsin... had its truest roots in the long hot constitutional summer of 1787 and the even longer striving to form a republic where citizens would have the authority to check and balance the factions that might turn the governing process into a tool of the economic elites.
America is still occupied with the great struggle between the Madisonian faithful, operating on the founding premise that the people are the only certain defenders of the republic, and those who would consolidate power for political and financial gain... "Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass." -- page 23
But the truest accomplishment of the protests in Madison and cities across Wisconsin was that they renewed an understanding of citizens not merely as voters in elections but as active censors of an elected despotism that can never be allowed to go unchallenged. -- page 39
It is certainly true that nothing so horrifies today's false constitutionalists as the actual exercise of civil liberties. -- page 19