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James Madison, Aesop


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If it be asked what is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part of the Constitution, and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer, the same as if they should misconstrue or enlarge any other power vested in them; as if the general power had been reduced to particulars, and any one of these were to be violated; the same, in short, as if the State legislatures should violate their respective constitutional authorities. In the first instance, the success of the usurpation will depend on the executive and judiciary departments, which are to expound and give effect to the legislative acts; and in the last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people who can, by the election of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers.

-- James Madison

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

Source: THE FEDERALIST No. 44

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/James.Madison.Quote.812C

"While I see many hoof marks going in, I see none coming out.

It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again."

-- Aesop

(c. 550 B.C.) legendary Greek fabulist

Source: The Lion, the Fox, and the Beasts

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Aesop.Quote.28E4

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