posted on Apr, 24 2007 @ 01:43 PM
Basically, everything our federal government does is unconstitutional. As scary as that sounds. According to article 1 section 8 the Federal
government only has the power to borrow money, regulate commerce with other nations, establish post offices, and raise and regulate military forces.
Article 1 section 8
The catch most people claim for our bloated Fed, is where the Constitution says the Federal government should provide for 'the general Welfare of the
To understand this, you have to dig a bit deeper, and study the "Federalist Papers." These are a compilation of essays written by Alexander
Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay in 1787 and 1788, which explain how the Constitution defines the powers and constraints on the federal
In "Federalist No. 41," James Madison explains that the "general Welfare" clause itself gives absolutely no power to the federal government. It
is, Madison explains, just an introduction to the enumerated powers that follow it.
The 10th Amendment was written later and further backs this "limited Federal government" issue up. "The powers not delegated to the United States
by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Benjamin Franklin said it best when asked what kind of government we have. "A Constitutional Republic if you can keep it." Well, we lost it.