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I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that's not what America's about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don't contract them.
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.
For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.
A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.
Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?
Henry David Thoreau
For me, the essence of the great American Dream is spiritual. I believe that our Constitution is inspired and that it is based on principles that are timeless and universal. This is the reason why 95% of all written constitutions throughout the world are modeled after our Constitution.
It seems that the right of freedom of speech that was enshrined in numerous constitutions is now under attack by religious institutions.
History is rich with adventurous men, long on charisma, with a highly developed instinct for their own interests, who have pursued personal power - bypassing parliaments and constitutions, distributing favours to their minions, and conflating their own desires with the interests of the community.
The world is littered with constitutions that have written guarantees of rights but that don't actually deliver rights. What differentiates the ones where rights are real from where rights are fake is that it's in the initial interests of the majority to actually deliver these rights.
Lots of countries have great constitutions, but their leaders have a practice of ignoring the rules whenever they feel like it.
I am fully persuaded that thousands of our fellow-men might profit equally by a similar course to mine; but, constitutions not being all alike, a different course of treatment may be advisable for the removal of so tormenting an affliction.
State constitutions typically provide that the state first has to service its debt, then make it pension payments, and then pay for services. What we don't know is whether that order will be enforced. And ultimately, the busted state is going to be looking to the federal government for a bailout. Think Greece, but on a much bigger scale.
The Emancipation Proclamation is predicated upon the idea that the President may so annul the constitutions and laws of sovereign states, overthrow their domestic relations, deprive loyal men of their property, and disloyal as well, without trial or condemnation.
Democratic constitutions do allow some suspension of rights in states of emergency. Thus rights are not always trumps. But neither is necessity. Even in times of real danger, political authorities have to prove the case that abridgments of rights are justified.
The constitutions of Maryland and New York are founded in higher wisdom.
Nothing in the constitutions of Western states requires them to get involved in every foreign conflict.
There are loads of countries that have nice written constitutions like ours. But there aren't loads of countries where they're followed.
In 1688, Edward Lloyd opened a coffeehouse on London's seafront popular among underwriters, men in powdered wigs with mathematical minds and steely constitutions who offered to compensate owners if their boats were lost at sea.
My grandfather, on my father's side, helped to draft one of the first constitutions of China. He was a fairly well-known scholar.
Laws and constitutions ought to be weighed... to constitute that which is most conducing to the establishment of justice and liberty.
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