Sunday, September 27, 2009

James Madison and Thomas Jefferson…

Clarified federal powers:

James Madison, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”

James Madison, “This is not an indefinite government… but a limited government, tied down to the specific powers which explain and define the general terms.”

Thomas Jefferson, “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but is restrained to those specifically enumerated.”

How far we have wandered…

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