Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Texas Senator John Cornyn: Checks and balances?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 2:18 PM

From: "Arnold Nelson" <ah_nelson@yahoo.com>

To: "Senator John Cornyn" <newsletter@cornyn.senate.gov>

Cc: "Ramesh Ponnuru National Review Mag" <rponnuru@politicalusa.com>

Senator Cornyn:

Your fine newsletter is at the top of my subscription list, and I look forward to it. I was surprised to see you quoted by Ramesh Ponnuru on National Review's Corner blog referring to "checks-and-balances," but implying that they have to do with political parties.

"Checks-and-balances" appears twice in the 192,000 words of the Federalist papers (9 and 51,) but both times referring to departments - legislative, executive, and judicial. Are the words of the Federalist papers being slowly supplanted by common usage now, 220 years later?

Arnold H Nelson 5056 North Marine Drive Chicago IL 50540 Cornyn on Specter

[Ramesh Ponnuru]

In his statement, Specter thanked Cornyn and McConnell for their "forbearance."
Here's Cornyn's statement (bolded in the original release):

“Senator Specter’s decision today represents the height of political self-preservation. While this presents a short-term disappointment, voters next year will have a clear choice to cast their ballots for a potentially unbridled Democrat super-majority versus the system of checks-and-balances that Americans deserve.”

04/28 01:21 PM NationalReview.com/TheCorner

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