Madison on Republics

Remember the thoughts of Madison on Constitution Day: “Hence, it clearly appears, that the same advantage which a republic has over a democracy, in controlling the effects of faction, is enjoyed by a large over a small republic,–is enjoyed by the Union over the States composing it. Does the advantage consist in the substitution ofContinue reading “Madison on Republics”

Madison on Separation of Powers

Events of recent weeks necessitate a reminder from Madison on the appropriate division of power in Washington. In Federalist 47, he emphasizes: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definitionContinue reading “Madison on Separation of Powers”

Madison Would Never Agree

Words James Madison never uttered…. but when considering the US Senate as it exists today, the naive can almost hear the Father of the Constitution proclaim the following lunacy with pride: So let’s describe the US Senate as it exists today… The United States Senate will be chosen by popularity contest in each state.  ThereContinue reading “Madison Would Never Agree”

Madison’s Invitation to Washington

To George Washington Richmond Dec. 7th. 1786 Dear Sir Notwithstanding the communications in your favor of the 18th. Ult: which has remained till now to be acknowledged, it was the opinion of every judicious friend whom I consulted that your name could not be spared from the Deputation to the Meeting in May in Philada.Continue reading “Madison’s Invitation to Washington”

Madison on Impeachment

Madison’s Constitutional Convention notes offer us clarity in our current discussions on impeachment. A President does not need to commit an indictable crime to be impeached Failing to properly discharge the duties of the Office was enough to impeach Madison recorded in his Convention notes-   “Mr. MADISON thought it indispensable that some provision shouldContinue reading “Madison on Impeachment”