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Checks And Balances

In TEXAS V. WHITE, 74 U.S. (7 Wall.) 700, 19L. Ed. 227 (1868), Justice SALMON CHASE explained the necessity for the constitutional limitations that prevent concentration of power on either the state or national level: "[T]he preservation of the States, and the maintenance of their governments, are as much within the design and care of the Constitution, as the preservation of the Union…. The Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union, composed of indestructible States."

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