Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Federalist 51

Make a blog entry discussing Federalist 51 and Madison's idea of Checks and Balances. Is the system working as intended.

Federalist number 51 written by James Madison expresses the idea of Checks and Balances. Published in 1788, Federalist number 51 has became very popular in discovering a way that there can be a separation of power within the government. The intentions of Madison's idea of Checks and Balances was to "form a more correct judgment of the principles and structure of the government planned by the Constitutional Convention." He went about this by pointing out that the separate branches of government would allow the people more say and protect their rights. In Federalist 51, James Madison stressed the importance of having all members to be as distant as possible and allowing all positions to be elected by the people.

I do think the current system is working how James Madison intended. He thought throughly about this. Before the system of Checks and Balances was created, the people in the House were chosen and elected directly by the people where as the Senate was chosen by legislatures. the current system allows for the most 'community involvement' allowing the votes to be left up to the people. I do think the current system works out well, and as some people say 'if it ain't broke- don't fix it!' Madison's creation of Checks and Balances in 1788 was a great idea that is still fitting as intended today.

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