Their vision was for the United States to be a union of sovereign states as opposed to a consolidation of the states into “one nation, indivisible” â€“ and this reality is embedded in the very word “federal.”Details
by Thomas E. Woods, The Freeman
Thinkers in the classical-liberal tradition, to the extent that they support a coercive state at all, speak routinely of the importance of keeping government strictly limited. To that end, the United States has a written Constitution, which enumerates the relatively brief list of tasks entrusted to the federal government and whose Tenth Amendment makes clear that any power not granted to the federal government resides in the states, the authors of the federal compact.
That is all well and good, but how does a theoretically limited government remain so? Some have argued that it is impossible to restrain a government over time. The framers of the Constitution, for their part, were well aware of the tendency for power to concentrate and expand. Thomas Jefferson spoke of the calamity that would result if all power were vested in the federal government.Details
by Justin D. Lowry, Georgia Conservative Weekly
The purpose of the 10th Amendment is to define the establishment and division of power between the Federal government and state governments. This amendment also protects these powers from both entities. This amendment was used to define the federal taxing power, federal police power, and federal regulations.
At one time, it was read very simply, if it is not in the constitution, the federal government could not pass it to the states. Through the years, the power of the federal government has expanded through the Supreme Court.Details
by Clarence B. Carson, Fee.org
Several developments have contributed to making the meaning of federalism obscure. Some are old, some recent. Some may be more or less innocent; others are destructive of federalism itself. One of these that may be more or less innocent is the habit of referring to the United States government as the â€œfederal government.â€
Whether it is innocent or not, it does tend to confuse the unwary. These United States have a federal system of government. The system embraces both the general government and those of the states. Thus, both the United States government and the state government are correctly alluded to as â€œfederalâ€ governments.Details
by Gary Galles
After a bitter and divisive election, Democrats have regained the presidency and widened their control of Congress. Now they are making the usual political victorsâ€™ calls for unity. But unfortunately, Americansâ€™ often diametrically opposed preferences for what they want government to do guarantees disunity under our current approach to governance.
Opposing desires (you want â€œAâ€ but I want â€œnot Aâ€) mean that no national approach or plan can form the basis of unity. Instead, only returning to our Constitutionâ€™s forgotten federalism, especially the 10th Amendment, can reconcile them with national unity.Details
by Rich Hand
As usual, Walter Williams hits the nail on the head. This article references a referendum introduced in the state legislature of Oklahoma to put the Federal government on notice that it has over stepped its bounds based on the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The founders would have never been able to get the constitution passed by the states if they could foresee the current actions of the federal government.Details
by Clay Barham
If you reflect back on how the institutions of governance grew in America, from 1620 to the present, you will see that National Government grew into its present level without much public support.Â The settlements starting in New England, as well as Jamestown, were small and managed more from a town hall perspective than any formalized institution.Â Every hamlet, town and county was an almost informal, non-national government.Â None of them existed as the means for special interests to capture the loyalty of some inhabitants, nor was there any treasury worth plundering.
They existed mainly for peacekeeping and settling civil disputes.Â Town and hamlets wrote their own laws or ordnances to establish behavioral boundaries acceptable to the majority of citizens.Â On occasion, when special interests did gain excess power, or criminals were more powerful than the peacekeepers, vigilante groups formed by citizens corrected those conditions.Â Each colony acted as its own governing institution as it related to currency, infrastructure and relations with colonies and nations outside of its boundaries.Details