The Constitutional Convention
The assembly which accepted the task of composing the second Constitution was small, but George Washington was its President, and it contained the finest minds and the noblest characters that had ever appeared in the New World.
Alexis de Tocqueville
It is this negative power,-the power of preventing or arresting the action of the government,-be it called by what term it may,-veto, interposition, nullification, check, or balance of power,-which, in fact, forms the constitution.
John C. Calhoun