Our values are Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Limited Government, Defenders of Religious Freedom. We only endorse candidates who clearly demonstrate their conservatism. We evaluate every House and Senate race in Michigan, and our endorsements are only extended to key competitive races which have a strong conservative candidate with the ability to win.
The Madison Project Michigan PAC raises money for conservative candidates through our network of grassroots conservatives. We provide our members with campaign profiles of selected candidates, and contributions to the PAC are used to support those candidates.
Many might look at the name of this PAC and ask, “Why Madison? Of all the Founders, why choose him?” Undoubtedly, James Madison was one of the more complex of the Founding Fathers. A slaveholder, he decried slavery his entire life and eventually freed all of his slaves. A firm believer in private faith, he fought fervently against a state sponsored church, and it is due in large part to Madison that we have freedom of religion in the United States today and not a state sponsored church. But it is not just for his views on religious freedoms that we chose Madison–his writings on many of the issues important to us are definitive.
Concerning the 2nd Amendment, Madison said:
In regards to freedom of speech, Madison said:
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country; but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.
On a republican form of government:
The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.
And, in Federalist Paper #51, Madison writes;
[A]ll power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution.
In matters of religion, we chose Madison in part due to letters like the one he wrote his friend William Bradford:
In republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates,” clearly indicating that all branches of government are not equal, a sentiment echoed by his co-author of the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, when he writes of the Judiciary in Federalist Paper #78: “The judiciary, on the contrary, has no influence over either the sword or the purse; no direction either of the strength or of the wealth of the society; and can take no active resolution whatever. It may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.
Due to events during his formative years in which Madison watched the state endorsed Church of England persecute Baptists in his home state of Virginia, he adamantly opposed the establishment of a national church or religion:
I have sometimes thought there could not be a stronger testimony in favor of religion or against temporal enjoyments, even the most rational and manly, than for men who occupy the most honorable and gainful departments and [who] are rising in reputation and wealth, publicly to declare their unsatisfactoriness by becoming fervent advocates in the cause of Christ; and I wish you may give in your evidence in this way.
A diminutive man in life, standing only 5’4”, Madison was one of the political giants of his day. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention, the House of Representatives, appointed Secretary of State by Thomas Jefferson and twice elected President of the United States. It is Madison’s notes taken at the Constitutional Convention that give modern day readers a glimpse of the debate that formed our governing document.
Waiving the rights of conscience, not included in the surrender implied by the social state, & more or less invaded by all Religious establishments, the simple question to be decided, is whether a support of the best & purest religion, the Christian religion itself ought not, so far at least as pecuniary means are involved, to be provided for by the Government, rather than be left to the voluntary provisions of those who profess it.
As one of the last of the Founding Fathers to die, Madison left us a legacy of the proper role of republican government in regards to its citizens and the rights and duties of citizens to hold their government accountable for the decisions its elected officials make. We want to continue that legacy by helping put into federal office more and more men and women who believe in limited government, Constitutional balance, and the right to life.
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