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" Let the end be legitimate, let it be within the
scope of the constitution, and all means which
are appropriate, which are plainly adapted to
that end, which are not prohibited, but consist
with the letter and spirit of the constitution,
are constitutional. ...
[S]hould Congress, under the pretext of
executing its powers, pass laws for the
accomplishment of objects not entrusted to
the government, such [acts are] not the law of
the land. "
Justice John Marshall (more quotes by Justice John Marshall or books by/about Justice John Marshall)
(1755-1835) US Supreme Court Chief Justice
McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. (4 Wheat.) 316, 421-423 (1819)
Justice, Law, Constitution, Usurpation, Government