Monday, December 25, 2006

The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, "Luther Martin: Genuine Information", Dec. 28, 1787

"...that all men, considered in a state of nature, before any government is formed, are equally free and independent, no one having any right or authority to exercise power over another, and this without any regard to difference in personal strength, understanding, or wealth. That, when such individuals enter into government, they have each a right to an equal voice in its first formation, and afterwards have each a right to an equal vote in every matter which relates to their government...."
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"...Having thus established these principles, with respect to the rights of individuals in a state of nature..."
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"...By the principles of the American revolution, arbitrary power may and ought to be resisted, even by arms if necessary...."
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