Rule of Law

“Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.” ~ Justice Tom C. Clark (1899-1977) US Attorney General, 1945-1949, Associate Justice of theSupreme Court of the United States, 1949-1967. Source: delivering the opinion of the Court in MAPP v. OHIO, 367 U.S. 643 (1961)

Photo: Justice Tom C. Clark (Wikipedia Commons, license)

Government Entitlement Programs

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” ~ James Madison (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President Source: 1792, in disapproval of Congress appropriating $15,000 to assist some French refugees

Limited Government

“No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words ‘no’ and ‘not’ employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.” ~ Rev. Edmund A. Opitz (1914-2006) American minister, author