Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Quote of the Day (James Madison, on the ‘Glory of the People of America’)

“Is it not the glory of the people of America, that, whilst they have paid a decent regard to the opinions of former times and other nations, they have not suffered a blind veneration for antiquity, for custom, or for names, to overrule the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience?”—James Madison, The Federalist Papers: No. 14 (1787)

James Madison, fourth President and the last of the Founding Fathers, died at his home Montpelier in Virginia on this date in 1836. Time will tell whether this year, they will exhibit, against all odds, the “good sense” he praised.

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