Protecting Our Leaders

No, it is not “very unfair” for people to protest the behavior of politicians. 21st century America is not pre-revolutionary France. Lese-majeste no longer applies, or, to put it in our own vernacular, “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” In a democracy, criticism of leaders is a requirement, like washing your clothes. Power corrupts, and the criticism of the people is a gift of society to those it temporarily permits to lead, a gift designed to protect those leaders from corruption.

I propose the following Constitutional amendment:

All officials elected to high state or national office are, as condition of being sworn in to power, required to read and pass a test concerning the contents of the writings of James Madison.

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