"Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than
private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument
gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies
to all subjects."
Andrew Johnson
(1808-1875), 17th US President
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 -- Anonymous, Spfld     
     -- Anonymous      
    Private citizens, being the source of all sovereignty, are Caesar(s) to their servant representatives. The Constitution is the organization outline defining structure and scope of action. Government intrinsically has no rights, only duties.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The same is true for all 'officers' of the law -- all are private citizens acting within a strict framework of powers that all originate from individuals, from the People. They cannot do anything individuals cannot do nor are they immune from scrutiny or prosecution if they should attempt to exceed their limited powers.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    it is dead on.
     -- warren, olathe     
    It was an attitude like this that got him impeached! I wish more Presidents, Congressmen, Senators, and Justices would believe it and practice it.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    And Lincoln thought just the opposite.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Grid lock. Too many eat of the scraps that fall from the table. Contempt for the Constitution, Bleeding hearts, each with their cause, seducing away, the honey. Hiding behind their shield of privilege. The undercurrent of global socialism, pulling strong, to tear down what remains of liberty and freedom. By the yoke of oppression upon the masses, kings and queens parade themselves before the people. Tossing crumbs to the poor and downtrodden. I'm sorry your wage is not enough, but I must raise the rent. The governor must have his due. Leave it to the fed to feed their servants, as they all sit behind closed doors pondering their next move. They must have their profit, while we have no justice.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
    Ron w13, well said.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Amen ! Mike. The comments to follow narrow the circle. Pray to God, he fill all our expectations !!!
     -- Ron w13, Or     
     -- Mary - MI      
    If only this were more widely known by the populace. Somehow we have been conditioned to believe that some 'authorities' have extraordinary powers that the rest of us do not have. We can only contract others to represent us, we cannot give them powers over others that we do not ourselves inherently have.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    So true Archer !!
     -- Ron w13, Or     
    The collapse of America appears to be progressing...perhaps are return to first principles would restore this nation???

     -- Abby     
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