Excellent post, Kate. Yes, I do believe James Madison would be quite disappointed with the country we have today. The government has extended far beyond what any of the founders dreamed it would become, in my opinion. I think they would be appalled by a lot of the actions the government has taken since the 1930's to expand and increase the reach and power of government. I hope we'll see a leader on par with someone like Madison or Jefferson in the future, but I'm not going to hold my breathe. We really need to get back in touch with the constitutional principles that made this country so great in the first place, before it's too late.