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Constitution Day: James Madison, Lawgiver

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September 19, 2022 3:01 am

Constitution Day: James Madison, Lawgiver

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September 19, 2022 3:01 am

On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, tells the story of our fourth President, the main hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. 

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If angels were to govern men, either internal and external controls on the government would be Mrs. that's a piece of beautiful logic. That is, by the way, undeniable, and it justifies the Constitution United States in two sentences. It's more than one can say say that he was more important than Alexander Hamilton's hard to think anybody was ready probably wise because he and Jefferson invented the party. You know, ruled the country ill until Lincoln pretty much anything you know, here's a service he performed. He was Thomas Jefferson's best friend in every sense of that word. He was very good for Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson was a theoretic politician, no principles big on principle state them flowing and so when the constitutional convention is meeting, Jefferson writes long letter. Many long letter to Madison.

The main thing needed for Madison. That time was Madison said send me books about constitutions and he sent them 200 Madison Art red Mustang when he read all very determined individual. So Jefferson writes Madison a long letter and the letter is famous the earth belongs to the living letter and what he says every law could Constitution and every private contract needs and everything they should sunset every 33 years and we should start a this is advice about how to write cost United States. Today's best and it's a perfect microcosm of their relationship. Because once in a while Jefferson would be little while. Madison writes back, and he said yes. If there's a bright points think very seriously is the fact that the particular purpose of the Constitution is to prejudice the next generation so they don't have to start and Jefferson writes back, yeah, I said he was like that and then with Jefferson he created a political party that was good for our country for a long time and replace the Federalist party while serving its same pain. And that's kind of decency in moderation and it offers well.

He wasn't a wildly successful president.

They burned the White House while he was talking war of 1812 and has been a little embarrassing. And he did send a force up to Canada really go to Canada from the bridge.

We wandered for long and he said it's only a matter of marching up well it may have been, but it was proof that they couldn't get there. They never found their way there just floundering around right so he wasn't the greatest president that would probably be Lincoln, Washington, but he was a lawgiver. That's what he was.

He was like the great classical log and you know he wasn't alone doing this by the way he and Hamilton had a whole scheme Hamilton by the way would be party opponents. After 1796 Washington return they were arty picking each other a lot when you Secretary of State under Washington. Thomas Jefferson paid a scurrilous man named James calendar was journalist to write dirty articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer about Alexander Hamilton use public money to do it that you know America has its partisan episodes like today but you have to think of Madison as possessed of the deepest understanding that I know of the reasons for the workings of the Constitution and its most intelligent preserver through his career. 01 more thing. Madison, like the rest of the founders feared the institution of slavery and thought that way had to be how to get rid of it. That's just almost all of right and they did get rid of it very far. They got 60% of the union and the most dramatic example is that the Northwest territory where I live five states in the upper Midwest. That's our first expansion in exactly the first time a free government ever grew bigger right and it's a different model because the Northwest ordinance provides that when you get a certain population. You can like the state government. When you give certain larger population. You can petition Congress to be an equal stake with the rest that law was passed by the Confederation Congress in 1787 the same years Constitution, but it also contains a provision that in this Northwest territory. There can never be slavery in that land came to the union as a gift from the state of Virginia and it was Thomas Jefferson more than anybody else who organized that and organize that stipulation. Slavery.

So as it turns out lives a long time is still 1836.

Remember, right but you know in 1832 with the Missouri compromise of 1820, that's a sign that slavery is becoming a serious issue and what made it a serious issue is the opinion led by Johnson Calhoun that slavery was a positive good that claim amounts to a complete departure from the dictates of the placement minutes and that's deliver because Calhoun at Yale was connected to students of amending France's lever who was a Hegelian and known to Hegel in this new doctrine of history, human beings, human societies evolve taken by Calhoun to justify slavery and so they get it when Andy Jackson was president in 1832 they get into a fight about the tariff of 1832 and the tariff was outrageous and the reason it was outrageous was the southern delegates didn't want to tear tariff say because that's a tax on imports of manufactured goods to support American industry, but that would but you know that's what they were importing. They were selling their raw materials or continents abroad didn't want it is what they did was they conspired in the Congress to inflate the tariff to huge right and they thought that would be sufficient to defeat Bedard and pass so now Calhoun comes up the idea from South Carolina state by itself can nullify the law notification crisis.

We just felt that that law is no good now know you can read the Constitution. All 4500 words a bit read 30 minutes. He read it over and over notified that darn if it wasn't James Matt's still alive, who raise the main contest against and he explained the nature of the federal nature of union most elaborate turns in his life when he was a very old man during and immediately after the nullification crisis and he was a lawgiver. Federalist papers are a must read all families that care about the Constitution just James Madison story on our Americans carpentry smiles for small business insurance. I need my State Farm is there small business owners to so they know how to help you vest like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Call your local State Farm agent for quote today Sue millions will make Medicare coverage decisions for next year and United healthcare can help you feel confident about your choices for those eligible Medicare annual enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7. If you're working past age 65. You might be able to delay Medicare enrollment. Depending on your employer coverage.

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