In yesterday's column I wrote that Congress has grown fearful of the citizens. Rather than facing their constituents back home during the summer recess, many Congressmen and Senators have canceled town hall meetings and decided instead to remain hidden. To be sure, there is nothing particularly wrong with this scenario from a purely American point of view. Our Founders were convinced that once the citizens began to fear their government, the Republic was in deep trouble, and that elected representatives need to have a healthy fear of the electorate. It has been so long since elected officials in Washington were scared of the people that the present circumstances are bound to come as a shock. But this wakeup call was sorely needed and long overdue.
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