The Constitution—A Glorious Standard

Called Unto Liberty, John Jay: 1777, 18th Century Sermons

The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favoured with an opportunity of deliberating upon, and choosing the forms of government under which they should live. All other constitutions have derived their existence from violence or accidental circumstances, and are therefore probably more distant from their perfection.

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Source: John Jay 1777, The Constitution of Liberty, p. 473. John Jay (December 12, 1745 – May 17, 1829) was an American politician, statesman, revolutionary, diplomat, a Founding Father of the United States, and the first Chief Justice of the United States (1789–95).