Madison: Limits on Treaty Making Power

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, James Madison

I do not conceive that power is given to the President and Senate to dismember the empire, or to alienate any great, essential right. I do not think the whole legislative authority have this power.


Source: Jonathan Elliot, ed. and comp., The Debates in the Several State Conventions, on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, 2d ed. rev., 5 vols [Philadelphia, 1901], 3:514.


The Moral Liberal recommends: The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates (Signet Classics)


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