House Resolution on the Appropriate Role of Foreign Judgments in the Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, on H. Res. 97, July 19, 2005

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Էջ 40 - The constitution of the United States was ordained, it is true, by descendants of Englishmen, who inherited the traditions of English law and history, but it was made for an undefined and expanding future, and for a people gathered and to be gathered from many nations and of many tongues; and while we take just pride in the principles and institutions of the common law, we are not to forget that in lands where other systems of jurisprudence prevail the ideas and processes of civil justice are also...
Էջ 27 - At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.
Էջ 32 - To impose on it the necessity of resorting to means which it cannot control, which another government may furnish or withhold, would render its course precarious, the result of its measures uncertain, and create a dependence on other governments which might disappoint its most important designs, and is incompatible with the language of the constitution.
Էջ 40 - The Amendment must draw its meaning from the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.
Էջ 34 - It has also been observed that an act of Congress ought never to be construed to violate the law of nations if any other possible construction remains...
Էջ 11 - We must never forget that it is a Constitution for the United States of America that we are expounding. . . . [W]here there is not first a settled consensus among our own people, the views of other nations, however enlightened the Justices of this Court may think them to be, cannot be imposed upon Americans through the Constitution.
Էջ 40 - There is nothing in Magna Charta, rightly construed as a broad charter of public right and law, which ought to exclude the best ideas of all systems and of every age; and as it was the characteristic principle of the common law to draw its inspiration from every fountain of justice, we are not to assume that the sources of its supply have been exhausted.
Էջ 2 - It can be of no weight to say that the courts, on the pretense of a repugnancy, may substitute their own pleasure to the constitutional intentions of the legislature. This might as well happen in the case of two contradictory statutes; or it might as well happen in every adjudication upon any single statute. The courts must declare the sense of the law...
Էջ 26 - ... all men are created equal; and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; and that among these are, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...
Էջ 39 - The Constitution of the United States was framed at a time when this rule, introduced by commerce in favor of moderation and humanity, was received throughout the civilized world. In expounding that Constitution, a construction ought not lightly to be admitted, which would give to a declaration of war an effect in this country it does not possess elsewhere...

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