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Gilbert Keith Chesterton, James Madison, John Locke


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"Any one of the strange laws we suffer is a

compromise between a fad and a vested interest."

-- Gilbert Keith Chesterton

(1874-1936) British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist

Source: Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox, 1933

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Gilbert.Keith.Chesterton.Quote.38BF

"With respect to the words general welfare,

I have always regarded them as qualified

by the detail of powers connected with them.

To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be

a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which

there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."

-- James Madison

(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/James.Madison.Quote.2500

"The power of the legislative being derived from the people

by a positive voluntary grant and institution, can be no other

than what that positive grant conveyed, which being only to make laws,

and not to make legislators, the legislative can have no power to transfer

their authority of making laws, and place it in other hands."

-- John Locke

(1632-1704) English philosopher and political theorist. Considered the ideological progenitor of the American Revolution and who, by far, was the most often non-biblical writer quoted by the Founding Fathers of the USA.

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/John.Locke.Quote.718C

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