The American as he is

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byNicholas Murray Butler

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... would be a far less vital document than it really The is. But in addition to creating a government American and prescribing the functions of its several parts, f the Constitution of the United States marks off _ Type the field of civil liberty and guarantees the individual citizen against an invasion of his rights not only by another individual, but by the government itself. This is the one particular characteristic in which the Constitution of the United States is superior to any other. It is also the particular characteristic which makes it difficult for a European student or critic to understand. Walter Bagehot, the English publicist, complained that he could not find whereabouts in the government of the United States the sovereignty was placed. He could not find sovereignty in the American government simply because it is not there. The President is not sovereign, the Congress is not sovereign, the judiciary is not sovereign, all three together are not sovereign; their powers and duties are all marked out for them by the Constitution. The forty-six States which now compose the United States are none of them sovereign; they are all subject to the The American as a Political Type Constitution of the United States, and to the laws and treaties enacted and adopted in accordance therewith. The sovereignty is not to be found in the Constitution or under it, but behind it. It is vested in the people of the United States, who adopted the Constitution, acting through conventions of the people in the several States, and who may, if they choose, alter and amend it in ways which they have provided in the Constitution itself. In other words, the government of the United States represents and controls but a part of the people's activities. Into...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... would be a far less vital document than it really The is. But in addition to creating a government American an...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217946917

ISBN - 13:9780217946919

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