Man, fearfully and wonderfully made, is the workmanship of his all perfect Creator: A State; useful and valuable as the contrivance is, is the inferior contrivance of man; and from his native dignity derives all its acquired importance.
Chisholm v. Georgia, 2 U.S. (2 Dallas) 419 (1793), at 455.
The executive power is better to be trusted when it has no screen. Sir, we have a responsibility in the person of our President; he cannot act improperly, and hide either his negligence or inattention; he cannot roll upon any other person the weight of his criminality; no appointment can take place without his nomination; and he is responsible for every nomination he makes... far from being above the laws, he is amenable to them in his private character as a citizen, and in his public character by impeachment.James Wilson
To the Constitution of the United States the term SOVEREIGN, is totally unknown.James Wilson
Let a state be considered as subordinate to the people: But let everything else be subordinate to the state.James Wilson
By a State I mean, a complete body of free persons united together for their common benefit, to enjoy peaceably what is their own, and to do justice to others.James Wilson