Reply To: Thomas Jefferson: America’s most esteemed child predator



“Bills of attainder, ex-post facto laws and laws impairing the obligation of contracts are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation.” James Madison

“The sentiment that ex post facto laws are against natural right is so strong in the United States that few, if any, of the State constitutions have failed to proscribe them. The Federal Constitution indeed interdicts them in criminal cases only; but they are equally unjust in civil as in criminal cases, and the omission of a caution which would have been right, does not justify the doing what is wrong. Every man should be protected in his lawful acts, and be certain that no ex post facto law shall punish or endamage him for them.”–Thomas Jefferson to Isaac McPherson, 1813