Debates, Resolutions and Other Proceedings [&C.]. to Which the Federal Constitution Is Prefixed

Debates, Resolutions and Other Proceedings [&C.]. to Which the Federal Constitution Is Prefixed

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1788 edition. Excerpt: ...of them muft be equally induced to feekfor and effectuate the requifite amendments.. There have been many objections offered againft the conftitution; and of thefe the one moft ftrongly urged has been, the great power vefted in Congrefs. On this fubject, I beg leave to make a few general obfervations, which ought to be attended to, as being applicable to every branch, of that power. ft' It may therefore be obferved, that the inveftiture of fuch jower, fo far from being an objection, is a moft cogent reafon for accepting the conftitation. The power of Congrefs, both in the legiflative and executive line, is the power of the people, collected through a certain medium, Jo a focal point; at all times ready to be exerted for the general'benefit, according as circumftances or exigencies may require. If you diminifti or annihilate it, you dimin-fh or annihilate the means of your own fafety and profperity: which means if they were to be meafured like mathematical quantities, 'would be in exact proportion, as the power is greater or lefs. But this is rnot the cafe: for power that dees not reach, or is inadequate to the object, is worfe than none. An exertion of fuch power would increafe the evil it was intended to remove, and at the fame time create a further evil, which might be a verygreat one--the expenfe of a fruitlefs exertion. If we confider the objects of the power, they are numerous and important; and as human forefight cannot extend to many of them; and all ef them are in the womb of futurity, the quantum of the power cannotbe eftimated. Lefs than the whole, as relative to federal purpofes, may, through its infufficiency, occafion the diflblution of the union, and a fubjugation or divifion of it among foreign powers. Their attention is dra-wn.show more

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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236618297
  • 9781236618290