After seeing today’s vote to remove Liz Cheney from the House leadership after she stood up against the Republican majority reminded me once again of the quotes from Edmund Burke, the great 18th Century British legislator. He understood the role of a representative in a Republic much better than any of our political leaders do today.
“When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.”
“Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”