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November 25, 2007

Quotes Of The Day: James Madison Edition

by Doug Mataconis

Words of wisdom from the Father Of The Constitution:

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

“It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”

“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

“The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.”

“War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.”

“Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.”

H/T: Sully

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  1. [T]he powers of the federal government [result] from the compact to which the states are parties, as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting that compact, as no further valid than they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that, in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states, who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose, for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining, within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties, appertaining to them. ~James Madison, Virgina Resolution, 1798

    Comment by Ben Kuipers — November 25, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    Hear! Hear!

    PS – Ahem…Mr. Mataconis, have you any 8.5″ x 14″ parchment for me?

    Comment by Chris Kachouroff — November 25, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

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