On Conservatism

Congress Indispensable

By Philip Wallach ● National Affairs ● 01/31/2018


The problems that beset the U.S. Congress have driven many observers to conclude that the institution is obsolete and should just get out of the way and let the president govern. But Congress is no anachronism. The very features that would-be reformers find most exasperating — its messiness, balkiness, and cacophony — are actually those that render our federal legislature uniquely capable of maintaining the bonds that hold together our sprawling republic.

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