Congress or the Supreme Court: Which Shall Rule America?

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PARTISAN STRIFE A PERIL TO THE CONSTITUTION*

Senator WILLIAM E. BORAH

We have just passed the 148th anniversary of the subU+0AD mission to the States for ratification of the Constitution of the United States. The sentiments called forth by the occasion took a wide range and indicated a deep inU+0AD terest upon the part of the people in all walks of life.

I have been all my life a student of constitutional government. I have had an opportunity for a quarter of a century to study and consider the forces which make for its failure or success, to watch its friends and its foes.

I give it as my opinion tonight that the greatest danU+0AD ger to constitutional government, the most insidious enemy of our dual system of State and Federal sovU+0AD ereignty, is that intense partisanship which sometimes places party interest above country, which surrenders conscience, abdicates reason and compromises patriotU+0AD ism, that the party's hold may be strengthened and the party reign extended.

I am not speaking now of that waste and corruption which parties too often foster and protect or of the taxes and debts which arise out of party extravagance in pubU+0AD lic expenditures. These things are bad enough.

____________________
*
Excerpt from a radio address by Senator William E. Borah, delivered at Boise, Idaho over the Columbia Broadcasting System, Sept. 22, 1935.

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