Today is James Madison’s 261st birthday. He is the father of our Constitution. It’s important to reflect on the importance of our constitutional republic as opposed to a pure democracy, which fosters elected despotism. Sadly, our Republic has drifted into an elected despotic democracy where a majority of voters can decide to infringe on the rights of the minority by electing corrupt politicians who supplant the Constitution. Madison warned in Federalist 46 about this:
An ELECTIVE DESPOTISM was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.
Here at the Madison Project, we are committed to restoring the constitutional republic that Madison worked so hard to establish.
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