Read what early American political/legal theorists James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Story, & John Marshall said about federalism.
John Jay in The Federalist #2: “The country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence.”
With Federalist 51 it seems that James Madison could see into the future with the current disregard of checks and balances, but he just knew human nature.
When the Constitutional Convention met to craft a new government that would supplant the Articles of Confederation they did so feeling a tension. A tension between making the federal government too powerful, and thereby taking away individual liberty and making it too weak where it can’t protect liberties that we have (they can protect and […]