"The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend
the matter that its possessors are a majority. Unrestrained political
authority, though it be confided to masses, cannot be trusted without
positive limitations, men in bodies being but an aggregation of the
passions, weaknesses and interests of men as individuals."
The American Democrat, 1838
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Hmmm...men in bodies, huh? (Well, I read a couple of his stories and found his phraseology difficult to follow.) But the idea expressed here seems valid enough. Where, though, do we place those positive limitations? (Men in whose bodies?) Any man must agree to limit himself, apart from any conventions. Otherwise, nothing will improve.
 -- David L. Rosenthal     
    That is why we have a Constitution -- to restrain government, not the People.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Archer, please remind the supreme court that we have a constitution our forefathers wrote in stone. Not living.

     -- ccal, Lewisville     
    Remind the State governors and State legislatures of their own states' sovereignty and the sovereignty of their citizens. The State governments will have to 'grow up' and stop their whoring with DC. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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