On this day in 1836, the 5th President of the United States and an author of the Federalist Papers died at the age of 85.
James Madison was one of the architects of our Constitution and a proponent of limited, sensible government. In a letter to Edmund Pendleton, Madison once warned that "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one...."
Today the Supreme Court affirmed that whatever congress does is constitutional, so long as there is financial reprucussions for not participating. This is the epitome of what Madison warned against.
It should be food for thought that on the day that this ruling is handed down, one of the architects of our limited constitution died. What would he say? What would he think?