Constitutions are special documents that reflect our fundamental faith in the rule of law. They record, moreover, the first principles of self-governance for political communities. Federal and state constitutions express our basic belief in the classic notions of popular sovereignty, limited government, and civil freedoms, among others. They symbolize our perpetual quest for good government. Unlike statutes, constitutions are designed to endure and, therefore, defy easy manipulation or expedient alteration. Our national experience reveals that the process of...
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