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"The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes [and] delegated to that government certain definite powers and whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. To this compact each state acceded as a state, and is an integral party, its co-states forming, as to itself, the other party. The government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself, since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution the measure of its powers."

-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Source: in his draft of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 which were written in response to an attempt by Congress to expand the criminal jurisdiction of the federal government through a set of laws entitled the "Alien and Sedition Laws."

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/T...rson.Quote.5F8B

 

 

"The republican is the only form of government which is not

eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind."

-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Source: Letter to William Hunter, 11 March 1790

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/T...rson.Quote.8340

 

 

"[The] Bank of the United States... is one of the most deadly hostility

existing, against the principles and form of our Constitution... An institution

like this, penetrating by its branches every part of the Union, acting by

command and in phalanx, may, in a critical moment, upset the government. I deem

no government safe which is under the vassalage of any self-constituted

authorities, or any other authority than that of the nation, or its regular

functionaries. What an obstruction could not this bank of the United States,

with all its branch banks, be in time of war! It might dictate to us the peace

we should accept, or withdraw its aids. Ought we then to give further growth to

an institution so powerful, so hostile?"

-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Source: Thomas Jefferson did write this (about Banks) to Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin in 1803

http://etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff1325.htm

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/T...rson.Quote.62BC

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