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James Madison
James Madison

Born in 1751, James Madison was the fourth President of the United States. Though he was not outgoing and lacked the charm of his predecessors, his wife Dolley made up for it, becoming the toast of Washington D.C. Madison was a member of the Continental Congress and a frequent debater regarding it. He helped shape the Constitution with his contributions to the Federalist Papers and assiste…

Date of Birth: March 16, 1751
Date of Death: June 28, 1836


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"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." James Madison
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"The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted." James Madison
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"To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression" James Madison
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"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood." James Madison
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"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy" James Madison
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"Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government." James Madison
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"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms" James Madison
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"[Some people might say,] Aha! They forgot about the Constitution's general welfare clause! ... With respect to the two words 'general welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators." James Madison
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"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents." James Madison
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"Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation" James Madison
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"I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican Government a greater curse than any other" James Madison
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"A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country." James Madison
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"And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together" James Madison
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"Indulging no passions which trespass on the rights or the repose of other nations, it has been the true glory of the US to cultivate peace by observing justice, and to entitle themselves to the respect of the nations at war by fulfilling their neutra" James Madison
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"Liberty and order will never be perfectly safe, until a trespass on the constitutional provisions for either, shall be felt with the same keenness that resents an invasion of the dearest rights." James Madison
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"There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong" James Madison
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"completely and utterly untrue." James Madison
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"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 definition of tyranny" James Madison
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"In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people." James Madison
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"Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence" James Madison
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"The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right" James Madison
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