Friday, November 30, 2007

"...that a bold and daring usurpation might be resisted..."

"It will not be denied, that a bold and daring usurpation might be resisted, after an acquiescence still longer and more complete than this...."

"...We admit, as all must admit, that the powers of the government are limited, and that its limits are not to be transcended. But we think the sound construction of the constitution must allow to the national legislature that discretion, with respect to the means by which the powers it confers are to be carried into execution, which will enable that body to perform the high duties assigned to it, in the manner most beneficial to the people. 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."

- Chief Justice John Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court. [M'CULLOCH v. STATE, 17 U.S. 316 (1819)]

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