“The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitution of Government. But the constitution for the time, and until changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly binding upon all-the very idea of the right and power of the people to establish Government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established Government.”

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“Without looking forward to such an extremity (which however ought not to be out of sight) the ordinary and continual mischief of the Spirit of party make it the interest and the duty of a wise people to discountenance and repress it.”

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