FEDERALIST NO. 10
Brett Marston has some interesting essays (here and here) on current battles between the major political parties over the separation of powers and the intent of the Framers. I’m a little sleepy for an extended analysis, let alone to look up “thumos,” but his arguments strike me as reasonable.
One of the things I always emphasized to my students in the old days when I was teaching American politics was that the guys who wrote the Constitution were /gasp/ politicians and that, indeed, politics didn’t begin with (insert name of current President) and (insert name of current opposition party leader). Brett’s posts make a similar, if more elaborate, point.