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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Daily Quote 6/11/2006

Coming Okay, here we go.

Monday, June 5, 2006.
"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in humble and enduring scenes of private life. Pious, just humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform dignified, and commanding; his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting; correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private charter gave effulgence to his public virtues;. Such was the man for whom our nation morns"

--John Marshall (official eulogy of George Washington, delivered by Richard Henry Lee, 26 December 1799); Reference: Patriot Sage, Spalding

This was a great man. America was blessed to know him. If only we could have such a group of men as him today.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006.
"Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction."

--Thomas Jefferson (letter to Wilson Nicholas, 1803); Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Memorial Edition), Lipscomb and Bergh, eds., 10:419.

Here, here!

Wednesday, June 7, 2006.
"In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

--Thomas Jefferson (fair copy of the drafts of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, 1798); Reference: respect. Quoted

I wish to God we could...

Thursday, June 8, 2006.
"It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. It [the Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect."

--Thomas Jefferson (Opinion on a National Bank, 15 February 1791); Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (418)

(Bolding is mine, for EMPHASIS.)

Friday, June 9, 2006.
"In our progress toward political happiness my station is new; and if I may use the expression, I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct w[hi]ch. may not hereafter be drawn into precedent."

--George Washington (letter to Catherine MacAulay, 9 January 1790); Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (537)

Category: Constitutional Issues.