Monday, October 3, 2011

Federalist #51

Questions for Madison:

1. Should there be separation of powers within the state governments as well as the federal government?
2. Do you think there could ever be such a thing as too much separation of powers?
3. Would it ever be appropriate for one branch to get involved in another branch's issue?
4. What does it mean to counteract one faction with another faction?
5. In today's government, is it fair to say one branch does have more power than the other two? Or, do you think they are fairly equal?

"In republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates."- I wonder if this is still true and if it is a bad or good thing. 

"In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments, and then the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments." - What is meant by "two distinct governments?"

 "It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part." - Is this saying that internal defense is just as important as external defense?

"And happily for the republican cause, the practicable sphere may be carried to a very great extent, by a judicious modification and mixture of the federal principle." - This just makes me think about what federal principle could mean.

" is evident that each department should have a will of its own." - I like the way he says this. He makes a good point about how each branch should form their own opinions and not be swayed. 


  1. 5. I do think our system of checks and balances is good, and things our equal for the most part. But, sometimes it seems like the legislative branch controls everything. Every law has to be passed by them, and if they don't agree with it, it can be nearly impossible.

  2. 4.) From the way I see it, a faction is a group centered and brought together by a common belief/cause ect. so basically it would be a mass of like minded people supporting what they think is right. If there were to be a faction counteracting with another faction, that would most likely be used in a way where two opposing views on something clashed together to create controversy. I feel that many factions should just be disreguarded unless they are completely neccessary because there is always room for compromise and little room for disagreement.