The Founders devised what was essentially a new system of government. It has come to be called federalism.
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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.”
The Tenth Amendment is not so much about â€œstates’ rightsâ€ as it is about an individual right to be governed locally.
While calls to reduce federal power are good, Barnett’s method has a greater chance of destroying federalism further than doing anything to achieve it
The purpose of law is to protect the rights of individuals against the excesses of the state. An oppressive judicial system punishes individuals by taking away their freedoms, starting with the right to vote.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]