Posts Tagged ‘James Madison
Here’s a great piece by George Will, which talks briefly about an interesting phenomenon we’re observing these days: Leftists going absolutely out of their minds crazy because the Constitution does not allow them to force their radical agenda upon a continental nation of private citizens who do not want socialism to rule over them.
The Left is screeching and writhing because it’s come as close as it will ever get to its goals of destroying the country and remaking it in the image of failed European states.
Will notes that presidents Reagan, Clinton, and Bush were able to accomplish so much more by working across the aisle than Dr. Utopia accomplishes by trying to force through his socialist agenda, while he yet enjoys the largest majority Democrats have had in decades.
Because of his poor performance and failed presidency, Democrats will lose that majority come November, and might not get it back for decades, so long as the public remembers what Leftists did in power when they took over the country in 2008.
But, as Will notes, the genius that created our Constitution scried deep into the future in great prescience, almost anticipating a day like today, when a madman sat in the White House and spineless, partisan loons held the majority in both chambers of Congress.
Thank you James Madison. Thank you George Will for thanking Madison. Thank you voters, in advance, for booting as many bums out in 2010 as possible.
Term in Office: May 2, 1801 – March 3, 1809
James Madison is the Father of the Constitution, having submitted his Virginia Plan at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787 that comprised a revolutionary three-branch federal system. Madison wanted a strong federal government that would overrule the actions of the states when they were mistaken.
To encourage ratification of the Constitution, Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay wrote The Federalist Papers in 1787 and 1788. Anti-Federalists demanded a Bill of Rights before they would support ratification, and Madison crafted one (though it was never fully integrated into the actual Constitution the way Madison intended).
As Secretary of State, Madison’s main challenge from 1801-1809 was to navigate between the two empires of France and Great Britain, which were almost constantly at war. Napoleon sold the Louisiana Purchase to the United States in 1803, when he realized he could not defend the territory and didn’t want Britain to claim it. Madison tried to remain netural to France and Britain, but insisted on American rights under international law.
Neither Britain nor France showed America much respect, so Madison and Jefferson decided to embargo foreign trade to punish them. This failed spectacularly, causing great hardship to southern states that depended on foreign trade.
As Secretary of State, he was party to the Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison, in which the doctrine of judicial review was asserted by the high Court.
In 1808, Madison was elected president, riding Jefferson’s popularity into office. The embargo was lifted by Congress when Madison became president.
Successor: Robert Smith
Just something to think about on this the Eleventh Day, Year One, of The Golden Age of Obama. It’s actually very rare for a President to win a second term, no matter how well things go in that first term. Because of Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush, we assume a second term’s a given for presidents because the majority of those in our lifetimes have been two-termers (especially for those of us in our early 30s, who’ve mainly known two-termers). But, historically, that’s not the case.
Here are the men (and, unfortunately all men so far, despite all the talk of change still in the air) who’ve held the office two terms (or more, in one case):
(1) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (served 3 full terms, but elected to 4)
(2) Thomas Jefferson (2 terms)
(3) James Madison (2 terms)
(4) James Monroe (2 terms)
(5) Andrew Jackson (2 terms)
(6) Ulysses S. Grant (2 terms)
(7) Grover Cleveland (2 nonconsecutive terms)
(8) Woodrow Wilson (2 terms)
(9) Dwight Eisenhower (2 terms)
(10) Ronald Reagan (2 terms)
(11) Bill Clinton (2 terms)
(12) George W. Bush (2 terms)
(13) George Washington (2 terms)
(14) Richard Nixon (2 terms)
(15) William McKinley (2 terms)
(16) Abraham Lincoln (2 terms)
Those who wanted second terms but lost their elections:
(a) John Quincy Adams
(b) Martin van Buren
(c) Franklin Pierce
(d) Benjamin Harrison
(e) William Howard Taft
(f) Herbert Hoover
(g) Jimmy Carter
(h) George H.W. Bush
(i) John Adams
So, 16 wanted a Part Deux and got one. 9 wanted re-election but were denied. Almost 2/3 of our presidents were thus one-termers (or less).
And another interesting thing to note is that the last time THREE two-term presidents happened in a row was all the way back in the early 1800s, with Jefferson/Madison/Monroe (the 3rd, 4th, and 5th presidents). That hasn’t been repeated for 200 years now.
Not saying it won’t ever again, because it’s much too early to tell, but just noting it’s not an automatic, considering past as probability if not predictor.
Clinton/Bush/Obama as three two-termers in a row would be anomalous but certainly not impossible.