By Seth dumphy
Quote: "True republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural and imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate."
Division of power between national and state governments
Quote: "Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or 'the ability to vote with your feet.' If you don't support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol - don't come to Texas. If you don't like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don't move to California."
Separation of powers
Quote: "The basic premise of the Constitution was a separation of powers and a system of checks and balances because man was perceived as a fallen creature and would always yearn for more power."
Checks and balances
Quote: "This used to be a government of checks and balances. Now it's all checks and no balances."
Quote: "Americans chose a limited government that exists to protect our rights, not to grant them."
Quote: "Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)."