Constitution Quotes

To put the government, particularly, under the law. There’s a lovely quotation from a great patriot named John Dickinson to this effect – that the Constitution is written in simple language so that as long as the people have wisdom, they can understand it, and as long as they have virtue, they will insist that […]

“We the people of the United States.” Which “We, the people”? The women were not included.

The Constitution does allow the suspension of habeas corpus – in the single clause that establishes even a limited authority to abrogate law in wartime. This clause, however, appears in Section 9 of Article I – the article defining Congress’ powers – not in Article II, where the president’s powers are defined. That placement strongly […]

A Constitution should be short and obscure.

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

It is during our most challenging and uncertain moments that our nation’s commitment to due process is most severely tested, and it is in those times that we must preserve our commitment at home to the principles for which we fight abroad.

Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts – not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

The American constitutions were to liberty, what a grammar is to language: they define its parts of speech, and practically construct them into syntax.

A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people.

The Constitution is the origin and measure of legislative authority. It says to legislators, thus far ye shall go and no farther. Not a particle of it should be shaken; not a pebble of it should be removed.