“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom”

In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain James Madison’s Blueprint for stopping overreaching federal power.

What do we do when the federal government exceeds its authority? This was a question people asked even before the Constitution was ratified. It was a hotly debated topic. If the federal government was indeed meant to be limited with most authority remaining with the states and the people, what was to keep the federal government within its limits?

James Madison addressed this issue in Federalist #46. In fact, he gave us a blueprint to follow to stop overreaching federal power. Hint: it didn’t have anything to do with voting the bums out or suing in federal court.

In this episode, I explain Madison’s blueprint in detail and why it works today.

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Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union, the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassment created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, very serious impediments; and were the sentiments of several adjoining States happen to be in Union, would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter. – Federalist #46