In The Federalist Papers, James Madison lists off actions that the people were concerned the federal government would do after the constitution was put into place. These included the federal government becoming equal to, or more powerful than state governments or the federal government taking more power than what was given them. After listing off these concerns he eases the people’s conscience by telling them if this ever were to happen, “A correspondence would be opened. Plans of resistance would be concerted.” Not only this, but he also asks, “but what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity?” He, along with many others, was so sure that the government would never take power that wasn’t expressly given them in the constitution and if it somehow did happen, the people would immediately put a stop to it. However, the government has completely stepped outside its constitutional cage and is taking over, yet we do nothing to stop it. Something James Madison was so sure would never happen, has happened, and it has only been just over two-hundred years. Lucky for us, we can be the people James Madison hoped we would be. We can be those who put a stop to the tyranny and bring back the liberty we have lost. Countless writers, historians, and patriots have taught that liberty can only be obtained through a virtuous people. If we will strive to better ourselves and teach those around us, we can be just who Madison predicted we would be, even if we are a little late.
This past week America Restored finally reached over one thousand visitors. Though it may be a small number, it is a small number of people who now have a least a small portion of knowledge about liberty and its importance. We hope that what we have written has impacted each of these one thousand people in some way, and we are so grateful we have the ability to write each week. Thank you to all those who have supported us through these past couple years, we are thrilled to have one thousand visitors and are looking forward for more to come!