Our Founding Fathers were very wise men, indeed. Whether one was a Federalist or an Anti-Federalist, what mattered most was that, when it really counted, they came together to create the foundation for the most free country that the world has ever seen.
The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights are amazing examples of what can be achieved when incredible minds work together towards a common purpose.
Below are some words of wisdom from James Madison, Founding Father, “Father of the Constitution,” principal author of the Bill of Rights, Secretary of State (1801-1809) and 4th President of the United States (1809-1817).
“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.”
“All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.”
“Equal laws protecting equal rights are the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country.”
“Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.”
“The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security.”
“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 usurpations.”
“It is the reason alone, of the public, that ought to control and regulate the government.”
“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
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Scott D. Welch is the senior consultant to IC Liberty Films LLC, the distribution and marketing company of the historic Educational Dramatic Comedy movie In Search of Liberty.