Happy (Belated) Birthday James Madison!

James Madison would have turned 268 on March 16, 2019, so in honor of that, we explore his political life. 

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James Madison would have turned 268 on March 16, 2019 so we dedicated a whole episode to him! Even though Madison was not a great president (be sure to check out our upcoming profile of him as part of our Everything Wrong with the President’s Series), he was a great American. He was skeptical about who he trusted, which made him ever-cautious of who to create alliances with. Also, he would be disappointed to learn that war has become a permanent backdrop to the conduct of federal affairs.

Is impeachment a key remedy according to James Madison? What did James Madison think about going to war? What did Madison think of having a standing army? What did James Madison think of the Electoral College?

Further Reading:

Indispensable Remedy: The Broad Scope of the Constitution’s Impeachment Power, written by Gene Healy

Repeal, Don’t Replace, Trump’s War Powers, written by Gene Healy and John Glaser

Remembering James Madison, written by John Samples

Related Content:

The Federalist No. 10, written by James Madison

James Madison’s Vision of Liberty, written by John Samples

James Madison and the Simple Truths of Classical Liberalism, written by Donald Kochan