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By John Samples

The essays during this quantity use Madison to interact such modern concerns as multiculturalism, federalism, the rising democracies, the scope of foreign legislation, and faith-based coverage and politics. This e-book speaks to either the earlier and current of the yank republic.

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To protect the Constitution itself Madison proposed a ‘‘council of revision’’ comprised of the national executive and ‘‘a convenient number of the National Judiciary’’ with authority to veto any act of Congress or of a state legislature. Congress was to have the final word, however. 31 Madison’s Convention colleagues endorsed his goals but disliked his means. 32 The delegates seemed less fearful of the power of the states than Madison was. Contrary to Madison’s wishes, they gave the states substantial power in, and over, the central government, with equal representation in the Senate, power to select senators, and the major role in the Electoral College.

When it came to uniting the minds of men on the broad issues Madison was a master. He had succeeded brilliantly in Philadelphia in 1787 and again in that first session of Congress. On both occasions he got what he wanted, a strong federal government and an assertion of essential liberties without debilitating amendments. But it is important to remind ourselves that to accomplish his chief goals, he was forced to yield time after time, often on significant points. Both the Constitution, of which he has been dubbed the father, and the Bill of Rights, which he clearly fathered, differed from his original proposals, the former quite markedly.

24 By contrast the lords themselves were the highest court of appeal in England, while the entire Parliament was, and still is, considered Britain’s highest court. The Sovereign People Lastly, Madison’s determination that sovereignty must reside with the people, not the legislature, provides a distinction between the governments of England and America which has driven the two constitutions in starkly different directions. In the 18th century this was, to a greater extent than is usually appreciated, a distinction without a difference.

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