In The Federalist Number 51
, James Madison wrote:
But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
Wise words from one of most intellectual of the American Founding Fathers.
Go a little north, and one finds a place where men have not been angels, and where neither they nor the government find it really easy to control themselves. That place is the city hall of Toronto.
Last month, the Toronto Star
carried a fascinating story about the mayors that have led the city, tellingly titled "Toronto's mayors: Scoundrels, rogues and socialists
Read the story and ask yourself: With characters such as these, who said that Canadian history had to be boring?