Today is the birthday of the fourth president of the United States, James Madison. Born in Port Conway, Virginia, in 1751 (even older than ME), he is considered the Father of the Constitution. At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, he led the charge of the Federalists in arguing for a strong central government, including a strong executive branch, long terms in the Senate, federal courts, and a system of checks and balances to ensure that no one part of the government would ever become too powerful.
We’ve nearly lost that. I only hope it isn’t too late to take it back.
You also have President Madison to thank for being able to take the Fifth. He made sure that no one could be forced to incriminate himself or herself on the witness stand. Thanks, Jimbo!