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This weekend, you’ll likely hear from a lot of people about “Constitution Day.”

While we think it’s an important day (Sept 17th is recognized as the 230th Anniversary of the signing of the Constitution), unfortunately, most people treat this day like a one-time trivia day.

Schools, politicians and organizations tend to focus on how old people need to be to be eligible for office, or how many Senators there are, and other basic quiz questions.  But few focus on the original intent and legal meaning of the document – that is, to restrict government power so that liberty has a chance to flourish.

For us here at the Tenth Amendment Center – that’s our entire focus. Constitution day is every single day of the year.

Our goal in everything we do – from making videos, to writing articles, to reporting on news, and supporting efforts to reject unconstitutional acts – is to educate people about the Founders’ Constitution, and to teach them how to defend it.

I won’t bore you with a long diatribe about all the details of these efforts, as we send out updates on this throughout the year. Instead, today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite quotes on the Constitution from the founding generation. They come from a broad cross-section of people and give you a pretty good understanding of how the Constitution was structured. You can find these quotes below.

I also wanted to thank you for being here with us.  We absolutely couldn’t get the job done without your support.  Whether it’s financial contributions, or sharing our articles and videos on social media – every little bit helps.  Together, we can continue in this historic struggle to stand for the Constitution and Liberty.

Concordia res parvae crescunt
(small things grow great by concord)

Michael Boldin, TAC

Some of my favorite quotes on the Constitution.

“The true theory of our constitution is surely the wisest & best, that the states are independent as to every thing within themselves.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“The new Constitution will… be a federal, and not a national constitution.”
-James Madison

“A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government.”
-Thomas Paine

“In all free states, the Constitution is fixed.”
-Samuel Adams

“An act against the Constitution is void.”
-James Otis

“No power was given to Congress to infringe on any one of the natural rights of the people.”
-Theophilus Parsons

“The several states composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“In the general Constitution, its powers are enumerated”
-Edmund Randolph

“The only safe rule is the plain letter of the Constitution.”
-Luther Martin

“All powers not given are retained.”
-George Nicholas

“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
-James Madison

“Any law not warranted by the Constitution is a bare-faced usurpation.”
-James Iredell

“The judicial power does not include a right to change the Constitution.”
-John Marshall

“Whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“No legislative act … contrary to the constitution, can be valid”
-Alexander Hamilton (yeah, even he had a few good ones!)

“The powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined.”
-James Madison

“The State retains all the Rights of Sovereignty which it has not expressly parted with to the Congress of the United States.”
-Samuel Adams

“If they make a law which the Constitution does not authorize, it is void.”
-Oliver Ellsworth

“State governments will be powerful enough to check the federal government.”
-Roger Sherman

“It can be supreme only in areas consistent with the powers specifically granted.”
-William Davie

“If they exceed these powers … the people will have a right to declare it void.”
-George Nicholas

“The executive has no right, in any case, to decide … whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.”
-James Madison

“Should they attempt it without constitutional authority, the act would be a nullity, and could not be enforced.”
-Theophilus Parsons

“You seem to consider the federal judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions, a very dangerous doctrine.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“Every extension of the administrative authority beyond its just constitutional limits, is absolutely an act of usurpation.”
-St. George Tucker

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