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Marbury Vs. Madison, Virginia Resolution Of 1798, William Cohen


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"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void."

-- Marbury vs. Madison

Source: 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174, 176 (1803)




"[T]his Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the

powers of the Federal Government, as resulting from the compact, to which the

States are parties, as limited by the plain sense and intention of the

instrument constituting the compact as no further valid than they are

authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a

deliberate, palpable and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the

said compact, the States who are parties thereto, have the right, and are duty

bound, to interpose, for arresting the progress of the evil, and for

maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and

liberties appertaining to them."

-- Virginia Resolution of 1798

Source: in response to the federal government's "Alien and Sedition Laws."




"We have to yet really seriously debate the constitutional issues and whether

or not we're willing to give up more freedom in order to have more security."

-- William Cohen

U.S. Secretary of Defense

Source: 3 Feb 1999


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