James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, and the Father of the Constitution, was born March 16, 1751, in the Tdewater area of Virginia.
Is it sinful that we do not celebrate his birthday with a federal holiday, fireworks, picnics and speeches and concerts?
Maybe you could fly your flag today. If the neighbors ask why, tell them you’re flying it for freedom on James Madison’s birthday. They’ll say, “Oh,” and run off to Google Madison. You will have struck a blow for the education that undergirds democracy.
Journalists honor Madison on his birthday, and through the week in which his birthday occurs, with tributes to the First Amendment which he wrote, and celebrations of Freedom of Information Laws and press freedoms, two issues dear to Madison’s heart.
There is much, much to celebrate about him.
A few years ago I was asked to talk about freedom to a group of freedom lovers in North Texas. I chose to speak about James Madison’s remarkable, and too-often unremarked-upon life. Later, when I started this blog, I posted it here, with an introduction. All of that is below, in honor of the birth of James Madison.
Did you know that Madison is the shortest man ever to have been president? His stature is measured in freedom, not in feet and inches….
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