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Página 87 - That the people have an original right to establish for their future government such principles as, in their opinion, shall most conduce to their own happiness, is the basis on which the whole American fabric has been erected. The exercise of this original right is a very great exertion, nor can it nor ought it to be frequently repeated. The principles therefore so established are deemed fundamental. And as the authority from which they proceed is supreme and can seldom act, they are designed to...
Página 37 - People so to be summoned as aforesaid, to make, constitute, and ordain Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances for the Public Peace, Welfare, and good Government of our said Colonies, and of the People and Inhabitants thereof, as near as may be agreeable to the Laws of England...
Página 80 - The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the constitution which at any time exists till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people is sacredly obligatory upon all.
Página 82 - The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.
Página 81 - It is evident that no other form would be reconcilable with the genius of the people of America; with the fundamental principles of the revolution; or with that honourable determination which animates every votary of freedom, to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.
Página 33 - That the said general government be administered by a president. general, to be appointed and supported by the crown ; and a grand council, to be chosen by the representatives of the people of the several colonies met in their respective assemblies...
Página 38 - That all military commission officers, whether for land or sea service, to act under this general constitution, shall be nominated by the President General ; but the approbation of the Grand Council is to be obtained, before they receive their commissions. And all civil officers are to be nominated by the Grand Council, and to receive the President General's approbation before they officiate.
Página 34 - That after the first three years, when the proportion of money arising out of each Colony to the general treasury can be known, the number of members to be chosen for each Colony shall from time to time, in all ensuing elections, be regulated by that proportion...
Página 82 - The opinion of the Federalist has always been considered as of great authority. It is a complete commentary on our constitution ; and is appealed to by all parties in the questions to which that instrument has given birth. Its intrinsic merit entitles it to this high rank ; and the part two of its authors performed in framing the constitution, put it very much in their power to explain the views with which it was framed.
Página 79 - That there are certain natural rights, of which men, when they form a social compact, cannot deprive or divest their posterity; among which are the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.