Cheney is well-known for opposing any writing about American history that says bad things about the Founders. So what will she do with Madison, who owned slaves his entire life and never lifted a finger to stop the peculiar institution? Mention the “farmworkers”? Discuss the “help” or the “cleaning lady”?
Even Cheney, however, will find space to criticize Madison for his attacks on the Alien and Sedition Laws. And what about Madison’s presidential leadership during the War of 1812? It was an unmitigated disaster: maybe some warrantless wiretapping and torture of American citizens could have done the trick.