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The Constitution is the basic and paramount law to which all other laws must conform and to

which all persons, including the highest officials of the land, must defer. No act shall be valid,
however noble its intentions, if it conflicts with the Constitution.

The Constitution must ever remain supreme. All must bow to the mandate of this law.
Expediency must not be allowed to sap its strength nor greed for power debase its rectitude.
Right or wrong, the Constitution must be upheld as long as it has not been changed by the
sovereign people lest its disregard result in the usurpation of the majesty of the law by the
pretenders to illegitimate power.

The Constitution must be quintessential rather than superficial, the root and not the blossom, the
base and framework only of the edifice that is yet to rise. It is but the core of the dream that must
take shape, not in a twinkling by mandate of our delegates, but slowly in the crucible of Filipino
minds and hearts, where it will in
time develop its sinews and gradually gather its strength and finally achieve its substance.

In fine, the Constitution cannot like the goddess Athena, rise full-grown from the brow of the
Constitutional Convention, nor can it conjure by mere fiat and instant Utopia. It must grow with
the society it seeks to re-structure and march apace with the progress of the race, drawing from
the vicissitudes of history the dynamism and vitality that will keep it far from becoming a petrified
rule, a pulsing,living law attuned to the heartbeat of the nation."

Note: Criticize how you capture the essence of this great doctrine written by Justice Isagani
Cruz..

Sinews - strengthen with

Edifice - a complex system of beliefs.

Quintessential - representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class

Pretenders - a person who claims or aspires to a title or position.

Majesty - dignity

Usurpation means taking someone's power or property by force

Lest - with the intention of preventing (something undesirable);

Expediency - the quality of being convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or
immoral

Sap - gradually weaken or destroy (a person's strength or power).


Greed - intense and selfish desire for something

Debase - reduce (something) in quality or value; degrade.

Rectitude - morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness.

Upheld - confirm or support

Noble - showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals

Conjure - appear unexpectedly