James Madison, how far we’ve strayed

Would today’s self-proclaimed sultans of smart running around D.C. muster any shame at all if James Madison could see them now?  I doubt they’d be wise enough to feel appropriately awkward in such an encounter.  While a heavy dose of humility and contrition would be in order, these boorish oafs would likely dismiss him as too shy and soft-spoken, instead.


From “Locke, Jefferson, and the Justices“, by George M. Stephens:

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, 1794

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