quotes tagged with 'national'

The true test is, whether the object be of a local character, and local use; or, whether it be of general benefit to the states. If it be purely local, congress cannot constitutionally appropriate money for the object. But, if the benefit be general, it matters not, whether in point of locality it be in one state, or several; whether it be of large, or of small extent.

Author: Joseph Story, Source: Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833Saved by ImaWriterIII in constitution government federal money taxes state local benefit JosephStory national extent 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

So that the executive and legislative branches of the national government depend upon, and emanate from the states. Every where the state sovereignties are represented; and the national sovereignty, as such, has no representation.

Author: Joseph Story, Source: Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny federal sovereignty states JosephStory national 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a FEDERAL, and not a NATIONAL constitution.

Author: James Madison, Source: Federalist Paper No. 39Saved by ImaWriterIII in constitution liberty government freedom tyranny jamesmadison federal independence states nullification national 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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