James Madison 243rd Birthday!


James Madison, Jr. was born on March 16, 1751 at the Belle Gove Plantation in the colony of Virginia to James Madison Sr. and Nelly Conway Madison.

Despite being only 5’4” and barely above 100 pounds, Madison proved to be an intellectual giant who shaped constitutional theory for generations.

While critics would call him “Little Jemmy,” Jemmy was a nickname used for Madison by others.

As a Madisonian scholar, today is a day of great celebration for the man who is most responsible for our constitutional system, not to mention the Bill of Rights and our 4th President. He was a brilliant writer whose contributions to The Federalist Papers still remain required reading for lawyers and laypersons alike, particularly Federalist No. 10 (on factions) and Federalist 51 (on the separation of powers).

The placement of my book, The Indispensable Right: Free Speech in an Age of Rage, is more of an homage than a product placement (Ok, maybe both). The book explores Madison’s view on free speech as well as other historical figures. However, it is Madison who would become the voice of clarity among the Framers in resisting the erosion of free speech protections and what he called the “monster” of sedition prosecutions. (The book will be out in a few weeks and is available for pre-sale if you are looking for that hard-to-find Madison birthday gift for a loved one).

Madison died of congestive heart failure at Montpelier on the morning of June 28, 1836. He was 85 — an advanced age for the time. My favorite story from his death came from his niece who asked him, “What is the matter, Uncle James?” Madison simply responded “Nothing more than a change of mind, my dear.” He then promptly passed.

So enjoy the day and celebrate in true Madisonian fashion. There is no need to be moderate. Madison understood our failings and inclinations. After all, “if men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” Just keep your friends checked and balanced.


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