GiN Quotes: Constitution

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People are the Masters

“We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts-not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”    -Abraham Lincoln

Instrument of the People

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government-lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” -Patrick Henry

Avoid Frequent Amendments

“Amendments to the Constitution ought to not be too frequently made;…(if) continually tinkered with it would lose all its prestige and dignity, and the old instrument would be lost sight of altogether in a short time.”  -President Andrew Johnson, speech in front of the White House, February 22, 1866

Lose Power of Borrowing

“I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.”  -Vice President Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, November 26, 1798

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