Madison and Jefferson Resolutuons Essay
In the Virginia Resolution, Jefferson and Madison use the term “compact” to describe the relationship and …show more content…
In the third paragraph of the Virginia Resolutions Madison states “that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact; to which said states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact;…?”, he conveys that the powers the federal government is limited as a result of the power that the states have pursuant to the compact which the two parties share pursuant to the Constitution.
In the Kentucky Resolution Jefferson proposes the right of nullification, meaning that states are independent and have the authority to void such laws which are unauthorized, unconstitutional and are placed without consent of the states or the rightful authority of the federal government to pass such laws. Therefore, laws that portray the aforementioned, will be nullified and do not have to be enforced by states who refute such laws like the Alien Act and Sedition Act which as Jefferson states are not conducive to “liberty and happiness”.
The arguments Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions defended the constitution but challenged the power that the Federal