James MadisonJames Madison, (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President

James Madison Quote

“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. ... Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.”

James MadisonJames Madison
~ James Madison


Ratings and Comments


Mike, Norwalk

It is really too bad this is only set up to rate less than an innumerable tomes. And the truth shall set you free.

J Carlton, Calgary

And subvert the foundations of the nation they have. Restore the Republic. End the Fed.

jim k, Austin,Tx

Sounds as though President Madison was making a prediction. Just take a look at Washington today.

cal, lewisville, tx

Jim, can you imagine our founding fathers' shock on today's situation.

Carol, Georgia

Every congressman should read this quote every morning before casting a single vote. Madison knew because he studied history.

Waffler, Smith

Congress is US, We are the Congress. Ever heard of elections for Congress.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk Waffler, Smith 12/5/18

Waffler, have you ever heard of corruption. Dead people in droves are voting, ineligible people are voting, people are voting multiple times, people in sequestered rooms are fabricating huge number of votes, etc., etc., etc. California recently closed down an investigation of illegal votes because the carnal god overlords' activities were being uncovered. I have friends in New Hampshire who have filmed bus loads of students (and others) loading up in colleges in Boston to go register and vote in New Hampshire. I've used this quote often but it fits very well here for the rest of the legitimate voters. “A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.” (Lysander Spooner) Neither "I", nor any free person has been included in "Congress is US" since at least before the War Between the States.

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC Waffler, Smith 12/6/18

Waffler, your groupthink is showing.  'We' are the People.  There are people in Congress, but not ALL the People.  And because only a few people are representatives in Congress, the government cannot claim to be the People.  The People are the People, and the government is a very small subset of the People.  People in government frequently refer to themselves as the People rather than representatives of the People.  This is how they justify power grabs  'hey we are the People so it is our right.'  The fact is, government officers and employees are beholden to reams and reams of regulations that the People are not subject to.  Because of the power and the risks being put in the hands of the government, they must observe strict rules  they are not permitted to do just anything.  Too often, government employees attempt to place those restrictions on the People themselves because they do not make the distinction between the free choices of the People versus the limited powers granted to government.

E Archer, NYC

Absolutely true -- and Madison ought to know, he was the prime author of the Constitution. Waffler suffers from groupthink -- spoken like a true government employee suffering from narcissism justifying every power grab by saying, 'hey, we the government ARE the people'. Congress is an elected body of representatives of We the People who administer the government as chartered by the US Consitution. Congress has been granted limited and specific powers of administration by the People -- all else are reserved to the people. Congress is NOT the People -- the People are the People, and some of the people are in the Congress. If you are unable to make the distinction between someone and everyone, you suffer from cognitive dissonance.

Mike, Norwalk

Waffler, excellent comment. Your comment shows you are a patron in good standing of the foreign statist theocracy that infests this land. There is no lawfully or constitutionally recognizable Congress within the boundaries that used to be the United States of America. The foreign despot, recognized by its unlawful, unjust, and unconstitutional compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity, borg mentality, lack of allodial ownership, religious activities, and myriad of alphabet soup agencies, along with its claim of inherent right as an organic hegemony has taken on some of the form of the once de jure government but has defined tyranny far beyond Madison's here quote. "Man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years." (Lysander Spooner)

J Carlton, Calgary

Waffler, when almost every single politician out there is a self serving criminal and cares not at all for his constituents...voting and masturbation are mutually comparable. And no, I don't vote either LOL (unless there is a Libertarian to vote for) It's pointless to "vote" for your dictator. In fact I'd love to see a day when nobody voted because they were all at the local gun shop.

Anonymous, Reston, VA, US

FUD: Fear Uncertainty Doubt... the heart & soul of today's GOP & Tea Baggers... and of most of the posters to this web site too... ;-)

J Carlton, Calgary

Reston...I have no fear, no doubt and I'm absolutely certain the communists will be expelled from this nation. You should probably start packing and book a flight to...oh...North Korea? You'll be right at home there. :)

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