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...the founding constitutions were imperfect. But the overriding aim, realized over time, was to form ever more perfect unions, in service of ‘We the People.’”

— Associate Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

All Men Are by Nature Equally Free and Independent.”

— Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

— Abraham Lincoln

Our Constitution works; our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule.”

— Gerald R. Ford

The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”

— James Madison

We in America do not have government by the majority—we have government by the majority who participate.... All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

— Thomas Jefferson