Who and in what context was the following remark made regarding constitutional revisions? Regular followers of this blog may have an idea without choices, but five will be offered.
"All power issues from the people. The constitution lays down the way by which a conception, an idea, and therefore an organization must gain from the people the legitimation, for the realization of its aims. But in the last resort, it is the people itself that determines the constitution...When a constitution proves itself o be useless for its life, the nation does not die--the constitution is altered."
A--Thomas Jefferson, arguing that the U.S. Constitution be amended to prevent a recurrence of the electoral college tie in 1800;
B--Abraham Lincoln, arguing for passage of the 13th amendment barring slavery;
C--Woodrow Wilson, pleading for his "progressive" measures, including a federal income tax;
D--Ronald Reagan, appealing for a balanced budget amendment;
E--Adolf Hitler, noting even before he assumed power, that changes would be needed in the Weimar Constitution.
First, the quote doesn't flow too smoothly, indicating a translation.
Secondly, I've referred to Alan Bullock's 1000-page tract "Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives" this week, not to mention the Night of the Long Knives.
Of course, the answer is E, Adolf Hitler. It's from page 252 of Bullock's book. Hitler said that in December, 1931, 14 months before he was appointed Chancellor by the elderly President Von Hindenburg. Hitler was responding to a question about his intentions; a question from then Chancellor Heinrich Bruning.
The 441-94 is the vote for the Enabling Act in March, 1933, two months after Hitler came to power and a month after the Reichstag fire. By that vote, the Reichstag basically voted to get rid of itself and give unlimited power to the Chancellor's cabinet.
Bruning, by the way, escaped death on June 30, 1934, the Knight on the Long Knives, only because he had fled the country. Another former Chancellor Kurt Von Schleicher, was not as fortunate. He was murdered as his wife looked on.
Bullock's previous biography "Hitler, A Study in Tyranny" is a much better book actually, not to mention shorter.