Monday, July 11, 2016

The Danger to Governments, Founded on Written Constitutions, of Being Gradually Revolutionized by the Construction Placed on the Provisions of the Constitution by Those Who Administer the Governments

Oran Roberts

This may be done by enlarging and extending the powers conferred by a liberal construction, based upon the supposed reason and spirit of its provisions, so as to meet emergencies not anticipated and specifically provided for; by using the powers granted in such a manner as to accomplish objects incidentally, which were not embraced in the Constitution, and could not, therefore, be accomplished by direct action, and by not understanding the true meaning of its provisions, as they were designed to be understood by those who framed and adopted it, and thereby assuming powers never intended to have been granted.

The government of the United States has grown to gigantic proportions, reaching out in all directions.

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