• “It were doubtless to be wished, that the power of prohibiting the importation of slaves had not been postponed until the year 1808, or rather that it had been suffered to have immediate operation. But it is not difficult to account, either for this restriction on the general government, or for the manner in which the whole clause is expressed. It ought to be considered as a great point gained in favor of humanity, that a period of twenty years may terminate forever, within these States, a traffic which has so long and so loudly upbraided the barbarism of modern policy; that within that period, it will receive a considerable discouragement from the federal government, and may be totally abolished, by a concurrence of the few States which continue the unnatural traffic, in the prohibitory example which has been given by so great a majority of the Union. Happy would it be for the unfortunate Africans, if an equal prospect lay before them of being redeemed from the oppressions of their European brethren!” ~James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 42

  • “The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man.” ~James Madison, Federalist No. 10 (1787)
Published in: on October 11, 2018 at 10:02 am  Leave a Comment  

  • “When a government betrays the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, the people have no choice but to exercise their original right of self-defense — to fight the government.” ~Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, No. 28.
Published in: on September 23, 2018 at 10:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

  • “The advantage of being armed, which the Americans
    possess over the people of almost every other nation . . . forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition . . . The several kingdoms of Europe . . . are afraid to trust the people with arms.” ~James Madison, Federalist Papers

Published in: on September 11, 2018 at 1:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

  • “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” ~James Madison Federalist No. 51 (1788)
Published in: on August 23, 2018 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

  • “In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend.” ~Alexander Hamilton Federalist No. 31 (1788)
Published in: on May 23, 2018 at 8:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

  • “It were doubtless to be wished, that the power of prohibiting the importation of slaves had not been postponed until the year 1808, or rather that it had been suffered to have immediate operation. But it is not difficult to account, either for this restriction on the general government, or for the manner in which the whole clause is expressed. It ought to be considered as a great point gained in favor of humanity, that a period of twenty years may terminate forever, within these States, a traffic which has so long and so loudly upbraided the barbarism of modern policy; that within that period, it will receive a considerable discouragement from the federal government, and may be totally abolished, by a concurrence of the few States which continue the unnatural traffic, in the prohibitory example which has been given by so great a majority of the Union. Happy would it be for the unfortunate Africans, if an equal prospect lay before them of being redeemed from the oppressions of their European brethren!” ~James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 42
Published in: on February 1, 2018 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

  • “The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.” ~James Madison, Federalist No. 57, 1788
Published in: on October 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

  • “It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it. After discriminating, therefore, in theory, the several classes of power, as they may in their nature be legislative, executive, or judiciary, the next and most difficult task is to provide some practical security for each, against the invasion of the others.” ~James Madison, Federalist No. 48, 1788
Published in: on September 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

  • “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.” ~James Madison, Federalist No. 45
Published in: on September 12, 2017 at 3:51 am  Leave a Comment