James Madison’s Contributions to These United States

There are a lot of great people out there that have done so much for the history of this great nation called the United States. Many are recognized for their doings and are appreciated to this day. While some are not even accredited for what they have contributed to this nation. Unlike someone unknown to most, James Madison is a very well-known man. He has helped the United States in many ways. Madison had theories and ideas to make the government as well as the state a better place. He is one of the great men that were credited for the Federalist Papers, which he used his own ideas and goals to help out the citizens and public.

Madison, like others, wanted to protect the people from tyranny, one of his many goals. Proposing to get the government beyond the direct control of the majority, separating the powers of government, and making a system that will allow each branch to check and balance their scales, sounded just right to James Madison. Separating the powers of government would make them independent and no single branch can control the other.

Although he was afraid of the majority over powering, he also did not want the minority to do the same. That is why we do not directly appoint government officials. Madison would have liked for the vote or say so, to be equal. Separation of power did not completely make the branches independent from the other; they still need consent from one another. Because of this Madison had a goal to set power on power and a system of checks and balances were made. Making the government a more equal opportunity for everyone is one of Madison’s goals.

“If men were created equal, no government would be necessary,” said James Madison in the Federalist Papers. He is trying to make a point that if men weren’t so different and only wanted what was best for him, there would be no need for government. The government is here to try and make great decisions about the nation so that we don’t have to. Although, we do have a say in what is to happen. Things may not be the way one wants but sometimes they are for the better, for everyone’s sake. Madison was hoping to prevent the overpowering of a majority in every situation. He was also trying to achieve a feeling of equality among everyone. He wanted to ensure that the United States would not be getting anywhere close to tyranny or a monarchy.

Madison was also not in favor of factions. He believed that either the majority or the minority could use the government in their own way. He along with the Framers of the Constitution believed that democracy would be a threat to property, and the government was there to protect the property. None of the policies or the use of government would be necessary if only men were equal and had the same views and opinions on everything. The core structure of Madison’s political theory was the power to check others. If the government did not have the power to check each branch then decisions would be made and maybe not all but most would be wrong. Just like a friend or teacher reading over ones homework or poem, they give her advice on what to fix or improve on. If they did not given one that advice she would not know how to prepare herself the next time. She would be still making the same mistakes. Because of this system set up the executive, legislative and judicial branch and independent but work together.

If a majority one over one thing it could do the same to others and have it their way. It would be as if they were in control, but Madison says they cannot damage the whole system. Madison’s hard work to make a change paid off. Now it is difficult for a majority or a minority to become too powerful. With the help of the public James Madison’s views came to light. To get his view out he need the public to all or mostly agree upon what he had set. Not just fifty one percent to be a majority, even more. Madison’s system helped to calm or moderate and compromises to changes. Although this took a lot of time and effort, it was worth it because Madison got what he wanted. The system seems more equal, not just one person makes all the decisions for everyone, and the courts take a second look at things to make sure they are constitutional. If we did not have these checks no one knows what it would be like today. Madison’s system showed how hard he worked to make things better.

By using his own ideas to help this nation, James Madison achieved it. He has achieved making sure that not one branch can make all decisions without consulting the other. Checks and balances was a main goal of Madison and he achieved making that goal which was used in his own case, Marbury vs. Madison. Judicial review was used in this case, which gave the courts the power to say if something is constitutional or not. Although the Constitution does not specifically say that the powers are divided, it shares the power between the branches. Men like Madison are the reason we have a system to work with in government. If not we would all be confused and everyone would want to be a leader and make decisions. Not one group can make all the decisions, that group should consult others and make sure it works out for the better, for all,