2018 July 16
"How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!"
"It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislature
to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature,
and to arm them with the terrors of death.
This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them."
"To disregard such a deliberate choice of words and their natural meaning, would be a departure from the first principle of constitutional interpretation. "In expounding the Constitution of the United States," said Chief Justice Taney in Holmes v. Jennison, 14 U.S. 540, 570-1, "every word must have its due force and appropriate meaning; for it is evident from the whole instrument, that, no word was unnecessarily used, or needlessly added. The many discussions which have taken place upon the construction of the Constitution, have proved the correctness of this proposition; and shown the high talent, the caution and the foresight of the illustrious men who framed it. Every word appears to have been weighed with the utmost deliberation and its force and effect to have been fully understood."
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