This isn't what the Founding Fathers envisioned.

If you’re looking for something to read that will keep you occupied for a good long while, the obvious choice is Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” which runs more than 1,200 pages.

Or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, you could curl up with the $1.3 trillion spending bill that was passed by the House and Senate last week. It will take you a lot longer because the legislation takes up 2,232 pages.

During the debate, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer hoisted the bill onto a table and issued an invitation: “I ask any member, any member of this House, to join me in the well if you’ve read this bill.” He got no takers, and he acknowledged, “I have not read this bill.”

Donald Trump grudgingly signed it last Friday while noting, “Nobody read it.”

Said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., “It’s not what’s in the bill that I have a problem with, it’s what I don’t know is in it.”

We give credit to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, for a valiant effort. He burned the midnight oil but got only about a third of the way through it.

Republicans may get primary responsibility for approving this surprise package, but Democrats can’t claim the high moral ground.

When the Affordable Care Act was speeding through Congress under President Barack Obama, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was one of many Republicans who complained of excessive haste for a 2,300-page document. “Congress is moving fast to rush through a health care overhaul that lacks a key ingredient: the full participation of you, the American people,” he said.

If you’re pulling the Federalist Papers off the shelf to look up the part about Congress’ responsibility to approve legislation whose full contents are unknown, don’t bother. This custom was not part of the process that the Founding Fathers envisioned.

But when members of Congress are especially eager to get a bill passed, they are often willing to take it on faith that the parts of the bill they haven’t had time to inspect are tolerable.

The results are not particularly appetizing. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., called the new spending bill “one of the most grotesque pieces of legislation I can remember.” And that’s before he’s read it.

This is no way to govern a country. In the future, we have some simple advice for members of Congress before casting their votes: First, read the bill.