With the 219th anniversary of the adoption of the document known as Bill of Rights only hours away, every American who has graduated from high school should be able to explain the original intent of the Amendments in ten minutes or less.
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Individuals from both sides of the debate are making some constitutional assertions that have no basis in fact. One of these is the claim that in adopting the Constitution, the States â€œsurrenderedâ€ some of their sovereign powers to the federal government.
Dear Uncle Sam, When you visit, please come in through the front gate and under the welcome sign. If the baggage you are carrying doesnâ€™t fit through that Constitutional entryway, then I and my state are sorry to inform you that youâ€™ll just have to stay the hell out.
In modern times, the federal governmentâ€™s enumerated powers have been construed so broadly that one may be pardoned for asking if anything really has been reserved.
According to the theory of popular sovereignty, the people were presumed to retain all powers not expressly delegated away.
To ensure that powers not expressly delegated to the federal government could still be exercised by the states, the Tenth Amendment was enacted.
A “must-read” over at RonPaul2008.com on the principles of state’s rights; the 10th Amendment. Here’s an excerpt: We are working to overcome a hundred years of indoctrination and increased dependency. The Founders would be appalled that, almost 221 years since our Constitution was written, we are now having to re-explain what a Republic is and [...]
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