Monday, January 21, 2013

Is That A Tear Streaming Down James Madison's Face?

Chris Rossini
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James Madison

"The Constitution supposes what the history of all governments demonstrates that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war and most prone to it. It has accordingly, with studied care, vested the question of war in the legislature.

In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the executive magistrate. Constant apprehension of war, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force with an overgrown executive will not long be safe companions to liberty…”


  1. Checking out Michelle's posterior :)

    He's shaking his head in disbelief. To think that we've become so foolhardy, that we'd sell our country down the river for baubles from China and handouts from the police state.

    He'd be ashamed of us. And he should be.

    I'm not a tenth of the mental giant he was and it makes me nauseous.

  2. Could you imagine the outrage if every time a new CEO for Goldman took over running the company, the company went through a lavish appointment process like we do for inaugurating the President of the US? When you watch the inauguration process, with all its pomp and circumstance, its as if we were crowning the newest emperor whom we all now must swear our allegiance to blindly serve. Obama's speech even carried that theme. Today, as it does every four years, reminds me of how far we've gone away from the ideas that created this nation.

  3. Madison shouldn't have helped build a strong central govt via the constitution if he was worried about war. What a hypocrite.

  4. We all know how much trouble this country has been in long before we were born. As Cicero said, "To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always as child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?

    Especially since 9/11, we have watched the culture of the masses sink deeper into an acception of tyranny and immorality. Every event that should have awakened them and heightened their curiosity/self-awareness has done the opposite. This is not an absolute, since it has awakened many who are a near tireless minority.

    As C.S. Lewis said, perhaps it is the little sins that lead irrevocably toward Hell; they are more dangerous because they show no cause for great alarm, have no signposts, and, perhaps, accumulate with the same mark on the soul as the more serious sins.