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James Madison: Federal Powers Limited, State Powers Indefinite

FOUNDERS CORNER: LIMITED GOVERNMENT AND FEDERALISM The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to...

Madison: Vices of the Political System of the United States

Liberty Letters, James Madison VICES OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF THE UNITED STATES, 16 APRIL 1787 James Madison to George Washington (also, a copy taken by...

Madison: Checking rulers, passion, human error, and leveling

Liberty Letters, James Madison, 26 June 1787 In order to judge of the form to be given to this institution, it will be proper to...

James Madison: Be Watchful to Enroll in the Annals of Heaven

Liberty Letters, James Madison, 1772 My dear Billey, You moralize so prettily that if I were to judge from some parts of your letter of October...

Madison: Greatest Trust Ever Confided to a Political Society

Liberty Letters, James Madison, 1783 Let it be remembered, finally, that it has ever been the pride and boast of America, that the rights for...

James Madison: Is There No Virtue Among Us?

Liberty Letters, James Madison Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form...

James Madison on Federalism and the Limitation of Powers

Liberty Letters, James Madison, 1788 The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain...

Founders on the Need for a Vigorous but Limited Executive

Liberty Letters, Constitutional Convention of 1787 On June 1, 1787 in the early days of the Constitutional Convention the Founders entered upon a discussion of...

James Madison: On Preventing and Repelling Danger

Liberty Letters, James Madison Notwithstanding the security for future repose which the United States ought to find in their love of peace and their constant...

Checks and Balances and the Separation of Powers

Liberty Letters, James Madison, 1788 One of the principal objections inculcated by the more respectable adversaries to the constitution, is its supposed violation of the...

Madison: Foreign Relations are the Most Susceptible to Abuse

Liberty Letters, James Madison The management of foreign relations appears to be the most susceptible of abuse of all the trusts committed to a Government,...

Wherever There is an Interest and Power …

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Wrote American Founder, James Madison: Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our...

James Madison asks: “Is There Virtue in the People?”

Liberty Letters, James Madison I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and...

James Madison asks: "Is There Virtue in the People?"

Liberty Letters, James Madison I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and...

Efficient Governments are the Worst, Inefficient the Best

Liberty Letters, James Madison No government of human device and human administration can be perfect; that that which is the least imperfect is therefore the...

Summarizing the Constitution: Madison to Jefferson, Oct 1787

Liberty Letters, James Madison to Thomas Jefferson ... You will herewith receive the result of the Convention, which continued its Session till the 17th. of...

Impossible Not to Perceive the Finger of that Almighty Hand

LIBERTY LETTERS, JAMES MADISON Would it be wonderful if, under the pressure of all these difficulties, the convention should have been forced into some deviations...

“Never was an Assembly of Men … More Pure in Their Motives”—Madison

Liberty Letters, James Madison Whatever may be the judgment pronounced on the competency of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the destiny...

"Never was an Assembly of Men … More Pure in Their Motives"—Madison

Liberty Letters, James Madison Whatever may be the judgment pronounced on the competency of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the destiny...

Madison to Jefferson on the Need for a More Perfect Union

Liberty Letters, James Madison On March 18, 1786, James Madison wrote Thomas Jefferson regarding the Constitutional Convention's warm-up, a commercial convention in Annapolis, discussing the...