The Political Science Reviewer 2:1 (Fall 1972).
It is unfortunate, and a measure of our contemporary difficulties, that too many Americans today would hesitate to agree with Gladstone that the American Constitution was “the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man. ” It is not fashionable, even in America, to praise American things these days. It is also true, I think, that most of those who would agree with Gladstone about the Constitution would do so because of the Bill of Rights and especially the First Amendment. It has become the most famous and praiseworthy part of the Constitution.