On a day when Congress stands ready to rape the Constitution yet again, it's apropos to remember and celebrate James Madison's birthday, March 16th, 1751.
It's true that over the past century the superb plan he helped create and argue for is nearly in tatters. But the few freedoms we still enjoy today by right and not merely by historical inertia owe much to his thought and effort.
Thank you, Mr. Madison, and my sincere apology for those alleged Americans who have done so much over the decades to besmirch and butcher your extraordinary work.
[For an excellent compendium of the thought of the Father of the Constitution, see the Library of America volume: James Madison, Writings 1772-1836.]