James Madison was an enigma to many because he believed in both state and federal powers. He helped to promote ratification of the Constitution to establish a strong national government but he also made certain there were measures in place to empower the states. In many ways, he was the original embodiment of modern Federalism. We’re confident he would be fighting on our side if he were leading the party today.
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”