Representative ROBERT L. RAMSAY, of West Virginia
The power to interpret the Constitution is the power to make the Constitution.
MR. RAMSAY.--Mr. Speaker, it is claimed by those who support the theory of court determination of acts of Congress that those who oppose such application of power are opposed to the Constitution and seek to destroy our courts of justice.
To my mind, this is a gratuitous insult to a great mass of splendid lawyers and students of our jurisprudence, who assert that the Court's duty is to interpret the law, and not seek to form the law by the veto of legislation, because the power to interpret the Constitution is the power to make the Constitution.
Speaking for myself, I not only respect but revere our splendid courts, which have done so much to aid the great cause of liberty and freedom of the American people.
I realize that in a great republic like ours that in the confidence of the people in their courts and their laws reposes the sure and certain assurance of the perpetuity of our institutions.____________________