Madison 's State Of Mind

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Madison’s state of mind in 1787 was focused on creating a new government that could rival and top any other. Madison wanted the United States to become a great country and to do this he needed to, with the help of his fellow delegates, create an institution that could lead the people forward. Madison did see a lot of problems facing the nation but he also saw a lot of ways that this new government could grow and prosper the way he wanted it to. Madison was sure that by implementing his ideas and fixing other problems that it was possible to create a new government. Madison wanted a powerful federal government. He did not want the states to have more power than the federal government as a whole. Not incorrectly, Madison blames the lack of federal unity crumbling the Articles of Confederation. Madison does not see a system run by thirteen individual states working without a strong central power. In his letter to Washington Madison writes, “individual independence of the States is utterly irreconcilable.”(5) The first case that helped Madison in his wish, of a strong federal government, was the fact that states wanted the Union to be united. Nobody at the Constitutional Convention brought up the idea of dividing the Union into two or more Confederacies. Madison’s next hurdle was trying to convince the delegates of each state that it was dangerous for state power to trump the power of the federal government. (6) Madison was worried about the risks that accompanied state over
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