“I shall have occasion incidentally to evince, how true it is, that States and Governments were made for man; and, at the same time, how true it is, that his creatures and servants have first deceived, next vilified, and, at last oppressed their master and maker. I have already remarked, that in the practice, and even in the Science of politics, there has been frequently a strong current against the natural order of things; and an inconsiderate or an interested disposition to sacrifice the end to the means. This remark deserves a more particular illustration. Even in almost every nation, which has been denominated free, the State has assumed a supercilious preeminence above the people, who have formed it: Hence the haughty notions of State independence, State Sovereignty and State Supremacy. In despotic Governments, the Government has usurped, in a similar manner, both upon the State and the people: Hence all arbitrary doctrines and pretensions concerning the Supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable, power of Government. In each, man is degraded from the prime rank, which he ought to hold in human affairs: In the latter, the State as well as the man is degraded. Of both degradations, striking instances occur in history, in politics, and in common life.”
Wilson, J. in Chisholm v. Georgia (1793), 2 U. S. (2 Dallas) 419, 1 L.Ed 440, 455.