James Madison is often called the "Father of the Constitution" - a title he heartily disliked. But the "withered little applejohn" (he was our shortest President at barely 5'4" and weighed a scant 100 lbs.) really did write much of the Constitution and also the Bill of Rights. He patterned the framework of our government after his own Virginia Plan and was very proud to see the first rulings of the Supreme Court.
"He envisioned a strong federal government that could overrule actions of the states when they were deemed mistaken." * He was not exactly a "man of the people" (he was a disdinguished property owner and had slaves), but he was no pluralist. He was the biggest champion of Separation of Church and State.Our current leader, George II, like Mike Huckabee, would like to make changes to Mr. Madison's magnum opus: