We've all moaned and groaned about politics. We've bashed legislators for operating for their own interests, we've riled against government inefficiency, and we've ridiculed political gridlock to the point of insanity. Would some of Madison's ideologies save the current system of American politics? Are these changes we can make to our own constitution? Perhaps most importantly, are these changes that we NEED? Not necessarily will be able to pass, but from an idealistic standpoint, improve the efficiency of our nation's political system.
Woods describes Madison as an advocate for a strong, REPUBLICAN, national government. That is to say, he believed in the strength of government only in issues of judicial and perhaps political questions. The power of government to control an army, and the existence of a powerful executive both went against Madison's core beliefs. As Woods says, Jefferson was an advocate for the majority while Madison was an advocate for the minority.
That being said, I bring focus back to my aforementioned questions. Do we need major governmental reform? Or do the political problems we face today need to be fixed from the ground up? With the recent election, some radical people have been heralding the "fall of american politics." Mixing in knowledge from the units we've already done on parties and elections, how do you think Madisonian ideas could be applicable to our legal system today, if at all?
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