James Madison Explains the President’s War Powers

James Madison’s chief concern in this letter is that the separation of powers, ordered by The Constitution is being sacrificed to John Adams’ quest for power and his abuse of the Executive

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Here is a sample of this letter Project ’76 Webisode of “James Madison explaining Presidential War powers to Thomas Jefferson”. 

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 – Senator Rand Paul has been using the following quotation in his speeches to the United States Senate and most recently in a speech delivered at the Heritage Foundation on a “constitutional foreign policy” as the founding fathers envisioned.

“James Madison wrote, ‘The Constitution supposes what history demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch most prone to war and most interested in it, therefore the Constitution has with studied care vested that power in the Legislature.’ ”

James Madison’s chief concern in this letter is that the separation of powers, ordered by The Constitution is being sacrificed to John Adams’ quest for power and his abuse of the Executive. In the following letter (digitized into plain text for the first time), Note Bene Madison’s alarm that the President would actually call out the military without Congress’s authorization which President’s do today before finishing their poached eggs. For the record, the actually phrase that Senator Paul has been attributing to James Madison is a paraphrase, you will find it in bold below.  I hope by posting this letter as a Project 76 Webisode here, the debate Senator Paul has begun will be enhanced. – Mike Church

=============About Project ’76=================

Mandeville, LA – Popular radio talk show host & acclaimed writer/producer/director Mike Church (Road to Independence-The Movie) announced the launch of his latest initiative in American history based entertainment: Project ‘76™.

Project ‘76™ will employ the talents of Church as writer & director as well as the voice talents of Jean Hetherington and Steve Cook (Spirit of ’76, What Lincoln Killed) two of the voice industry’s best talents. “The concept of Project ‘76™ is very simple” Church said “we will take our already extensive collection of letters, speeches, debates and public acts from the Project ‘76™ timeline of 1765-1865 and dramatize them for audio delivery via mp3 digital downloads. Think of it as iTunes™ for American History buffs.”