The Modern Congress – Part 2


The Founders sought to create a system of government in which reason and deliberation would rule, rather than passion. The theory of legislative power they developed to achieve this good was based on two essential elements: the extended republic and the separation of powers. Progressive reformers rejected both the Founders’ conception of the problem as well as their solution.


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Kevin Portteus is the Lawrence Fertig Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Ashland University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Dallas.