Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday's Quote: "The Father of the Constitution"

c/o Politico
The unrelenting debate regarding the authority and reach of our federal government was answered nearly 220 years ago by perhaps the most overlooked of our Founders. His words, which should also be interpreted as a warning, have proven him more than wise:


"If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions."
– James Madison, fourth President of these United States, co-author of the Federalist Papers and a strict Constructionist, in a letter to his uncle, magistrate and Virginia representative to the First Continental Congress, Edmund Pendleton; January 21, 1792


Rob said...

Madison doesn't get enough credit.

Keith said...

I wonder what Madison would think of our country now.