A Forgotten Founder on Amending the Constitution

Lee Cary
James Wilson (1742-1798) of Pennsylvania was one of six persons who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He's also the only Justice of the Supreme Court to be jailed for indebtedness.  Although a failure at land speculation, he was a brilliant legal scholar. During the debate in the Pennsylvania Convention considering ratification of the Constitution of the United States, Wilson said this:  There necessarily exists, in every government, a power from which there is no appeal, and which, for that reason, may be termed supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable. Where does this power reside? To this question writers on different governments will give different answers. Sir William Blackstone will tell you, that in Britain the power is lodged in the British Parliament; that the Parliament may alter the form of the government; and that its power is absolute, without control. The idea of a constitution, limiting and superintending the operations of...(Read Full Post)

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