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The Constitution was written to be understood by the voters; its words and phrases were used in their normal and ordinary, as distinguished from technical meaning; where the intention is clear, there is no room for construction, and no excuse for interpolation or addition.


 


Martin v. Hunter's Lessee, 1 Wheat 304; Gibbons v. Ogden, 9 Wheat 419; Brown v. Maryland, 12 Wheat 419; Craig v. Missouri, 4 Pet 10; Tennessee v. Whitworth, 117 U.S. 139; Lake County v. Rollins, 130 U.S. 662; Hodges v. United States, 203 U.S. 1; Edwards v. Cuba R. Co., 268 U.S. 628; The Pocket Veto Case, 279 U.S. 655

Author: court opinion, Source: (Justice) Story on the Constitution, 5th ed., Sec 451; Cooley's Constitutional Limitations, 2nd ed., p. 61, 70Saved by ImaWriterIII in constitution liberty unalteringinterpretation courtopinion 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not alter.  That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.

Author: South Carolina v. United States, Source: South Carolina v. United States, 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905)Saved by ImaWriterIII in constitution liberty unalteringinterpretation scvus 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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