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Abraham Lincoln: “decisions of the Supreme Court”

5 July 2015

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“The candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the government, upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation between parties, in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having, to that extent, practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.”

-Abraham Lincoln, in his First Inaugural Address, referring to the Dred Scott decision

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