Oregon Supreme Court Quote

“The nearer the power to enact laws and control public servants lies with the great body of the people, the more nearly does a government take unto itself the form of a republic -- not in name alone, but in fact.”

~ Oregon Supreme Court

Kiernan v. Portland, 112 P. 402, 405 (1910).

Ratings and Comments


Vedapushpa, Bangalore - India

Republic referes itself to 'federalism' or the prevalence of decentralized political power .. so that the entire population can get politically functional.

jim, Austin Tx

Bad laws are passed from the local level up to the federal level. Check out "The Institute for Justice" to see how much freedom is lost at the local, county and state levels.

E Archer, NYC

So true. Jefferson referred to a republican form of government as republics within republics. The county is the first republic with the County Sheriff as the highest official. Then the county republics are rolled up into State republics and the State republics federated into a federal republic. This is the distribution of power, not the centralization of it. The federal government has no jurisdiction in county matters -- at least that was the way it was supposed to be. Each State is in fact its own sovereign nation, and federal government is supposed to be like the UN, not the Queen.

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