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How would you interpret this paragraph that Alexander Hamilton wrote in "The Federalist, No. 78?"

 

 

 The interpretation of the laws is the proper and peculiar province of the courts. A constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges, as a fundamental law. It therefore belongs to them to ascertain its meaning, as well as the meaning of any particular act proceeding from the legislative body. If there should happen to be an irreconcilable variance between the two, that which has the superior obligation and validity ought, of course, to be preferred; or, in other words, the Constitution ought to be preferred to the statute, the intention of the people to the intention of their agents.

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This means the Constitution was created by the courts and such and that any misconceptions that occur within those reigns they must come to a common means to understand exactly what is trying to be said within . 

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