Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Legitimate Constitution

"I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution. And if that be not the guide in expounding it, there can be no security for a consistent and stable, more than for a faithful, exercise of it's powers...What a metamorphosis would be produced in the code of law if all its ancient phraseology were taken in its modern sense."

James Madison

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