The Constitution is an………………
(A document in which its original meaning and principles are permanently maintained)
Federalist Paper #78 - Alexander Hamilton
"There is no position which depends on clearer principles than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this would be to affirm that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid."
"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficult lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself."
James Madison, 4th President of the United States