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Coolidge on the Constitution

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Joe Gunns, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. Joe Gunns

    Joe Gunns Member

    Jan 9, 2003
    Washington State
    FWIW, I found the following as part of an intro to a book on the Constitution that I recently took into the shop and thought it might be of interest:

    "The Constitution is not self-perpetuating. If it is to survive, it will be because it has public support. Such support is not a passive, but an active operation. It means making adequate sacrifice to maintain what is of general benefit.

    "The Constitution of the United States is the final refuge of every right that is enjoyed by any American citizen. So long as it is observed, those rights will be secure. Whenever it falls into disrespect or disrepute, the end of orderly organized government, as we have known it for more than one hundred and twenty-five years, will be at hand.

    "The Constitution represents a government of law. There is only one other form of authority, and that is a government of force, Americans must make their choice between these two. One signifies justice and liberty; the other tyranny and oppression. To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race."

    signed (in facsimile), Calvin Coolidge, The White House, December 12, 1924
  2. grampster
    • Contributing Member

    grampster Elder

    Dec 26, 2002
    Wilderness of West Michigan
    You ought to mail that to every person in the three branches of the government.
  3. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Assuming, of course, they're all able to read.

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