"Constitutions are checks upon the hasty action of the majority.
They are the self-imposed restraints of a whole people
upon a majority of them to secure sober action and
a respect for the rights of the minority."
by:
William Howard Taft
(1857-1930) 27th US President
Source:
Veto Message, Arizona Enabling Act, 1911
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Absolutely!
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Absolutely! and ahh, that it were currently implemented. Where are all of our socialist and otherwise liberal budies today?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    good job
     -- Anonymous, denver     
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    The Constitution is just an annoyance to Obama and the usual suspects in D.C.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    My original thought was, constitutions are outlines of what natural law(s) is,are authorized to be addressed. As a stand alone thought, that would get a thumbs down. BUT, the quote in a broader stroke addresses one of the primary applications of law. Thus the Absolutely - that would be a start back to a government at law.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Rita, Richland      
    Unfortunately, the tyrants are eating it away, bit by bit...
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA     
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    Taft goes to a great length in avoiding Calling democracy a MOB. A disciple of Rossevelt and the progressive socialist party.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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