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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Regarding a Convention of States


Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. [That age though] was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading.
 
- Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 12 July 1816

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