We’re going to protect and honor the Constitution, and I don’t have the authority to set it aside… If I had the authority to set it aside, this would be a dangerous government, and I wouldn’t respect it.
And lastly, let us provide in our Constitution for its revision at stated periods.
The theory that the Constitution is a written document is a legal fiction. The idea that it can be understood by a study of its language and the history of its past development is equally mythical. It is what the Government and the people who count in public affairs recognize and respect as such, what […]
Whenever the Constitution comes between me and the virtue of the white women of the South, I say to hell with the Constitution. (governor of SC -1911-1915), US Senator -1925-1932)
Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man’s nature, and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia, that we must ask that our judges adhere.
When a judge goes beyond (his proper function) and reads entirely new values into the Constitution, values the framers and ratifiers did not put there, he deprives the people of their liberty. That liberty, which the Constitution clearly envisions, is the liberty of the people to set their own social agenda through the process of […]