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How can such political favoritism be prevented? Madison pointed, among other things, to the “vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America - a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it.”

The Founding Fathers expected the American people to throw the bums out. We will know in less than a year whether the American people will live up to the Founders’ expectations.

Ron DeSantis is author of “Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama” (HPH Publishing, 2011), a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a former federal prosecutor.