Quote of the Day: James Madison on making Congress obey its own laws

In regard to the duty to serve in the militia and who might be exempt, James Madison said that members of Congress…

“…ought ever to bear a share of the [burdens] they lay on others in order that their acts may not slide into an abuse of the power vested in them.”

(cited in “The Founders’ Second Amendment,” Kindle edition, location 6281)

While Mr. Madison was talking about militia duty, it seems to me that his recommendation is applicable in many, many instances, and as valid now as it was then.

Wise man, that Jimmy M.

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2 Responses to Quote of the Day: James Madison on making Congress obey its own laws

  1. John H. says:

    He always was one of my favorites. It’s a pity The Federalist papers isn’t required reading in high school level poly-sci classes.

    • At least as far as organizing government goes, Madison was an effing genius, perhaps over all the other Founders. His foreign policy, however, was tainted with Jefferson’s wishful thinking: “Of course our militia can meet British regulars in the open field! What could go wrong?” Followed by the White House getting burned to the ground.I honestly think he was temperamentally best-suited to a lifelong career in the legislature.

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