The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people…




The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people…

The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people… --Thomas Jefferson

We established however some, although not all its [self-government] important principles. The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved,) or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.

Thomas Jefferson

Year: 1824
Context: Letter to John Cartwright
Tags: Constitutions, armed, chosen, competent, duty, equally, established, executive, exercize, freely, inherient, judiciary, jury, legislative, people, power, principles, representatives, right, self-government, states



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