James Madison's Purpose To Describe The Structure Of The Government

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In Federalist Paper #51, James Madison decided to describe the structure that the government would apply to make liberty available. In James Madison’s mind, each branch should be independent and not dependent. I believe that Madison is saying that not one branch should depend on the other two branches no matter what the situation is. In terms of the branches, not one branch should have too much power in selecting members for the other two branches. For example, if the legislative branch had a lot of power in selecting the members of the judicial branch then they could corrupt the judicial branch to be useless. The branches shouldn’t be deciding the members for the other branches because then it is an you owe me something because I chose you kind of situation. Madison goes on …show more content…

When a man wants to be a part of the government, all the people with constitutional rights have to investigate a man’s reasoning and ambitions. James states, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” James Madison is saying that no government would be needed if men weren’t imperfect and unjust, no controls on the government would be necessary because the men wouldn’t make unjust decisions. The government that is elected should be able to keep the people under control, and at the same time be able to keep themselves under control. In Federalist Paper #51 James Madison states, “We see it particularly displayed in all the subordinate distributions of power, where the constant aim is to divide and arrange the several offices in such a manner as that each may be a check on the other -- that the private interest of every individual may be a sentinel over the public rights..” James Madison is set on keeping the power divided because he believes it helps us see the growth in the

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