Monday, April 5, 2010

Founding Father

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. JAMES MADISON , The Federalist, ed. Benjamin F. Wright, no. 62, pp. 41112

That rumbling you hear near Montpelier, Virginia, is our Fourth President rolling in his grave.


  1. I've read this maybe a dozen times since you posted it. Why is it that we haven't produced an Einstein or in your post a Madison in the 21st century? It is like the gene disappeared with the passing of time... and it's sad. It boggles my mind the direction this country is taking and how absolutely powerless I feel that it will be stopped and fixed.

  2. Great point. However, it's very hard to recognize brilliance in a contemporary. Sometimes it takes the passage of time (not to mention life) to appreciate the value of someone's contributions.