"[A] strict observance of the written law is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to the written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the ends to the means." -- Thomas Jefferson.
In the Terminiello case in 1949, Associate Justice Robert Jackson reformulated Jefferson by writing:
"The choice is not between order and liberty. It is between liberty with order and anarchy without either. There is danger that, if the court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact."
Jackson was dissenting in a case that held that a Chicago law was a violation of the First Amendment. In other words, Jackson was siding with the power of government over individual liberty, which is not, I think, what Jefferson had in mind.
But if Jackson could reformulate Jefferson, then I can reformulate Jackson. A close study of history demonstrates that if constitutions are not suicide pacts, then violating them -- on the part of the violators -- can be suicide, of a regime, or an individual politician, rapacious enough in their tyrannical appetites to try.
This is something that the Governor of Oregon, the other tyrant wannabes in that state's governing elite (and their media toadies) as well as Michael Bloomberg apparently have not learned. The lesson, if they enforce this unconstitutional 'Intolerable Act," is likely to be expensive for all of us.
Suicide pact? Oregon Governor Kate Brown signs the Intolerable Act, applauded by other domestic enemies of the Constitution and assorted collectivist myrmidons and tyrannical toadies.