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Jefferson Said it Well

Jefferson nickel close up

JEFFERSON SAID IT WELL: “I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.” A single step!

The Forgotten Tenth Amendment

James Madison, father of the United States Constitution. He sought to protect us from the tyranny of an omnipotent legislature. Sadly, with the demise of the Tenth Amendment, Madison's dream has died.
James Madison, father of the United States Constitution. He opposed democracy, saying democracies are "as short in their lives, as they have been violent in their deaths," and sought to protect us from the tyranny of an omnipotent legislature. Sadly, with the demise of the Tenth Amendment, Madison's dream has died.

by Kevin Alfred Strom

THE MAIN DEFENSE the Founders set up to protect Americans from the tyranny of kings — and the tyranny of the majority — was the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

It says, in effect, that the central government possesses only those powers expressly granted by the Constitution and no other powers whatever. And that is how it was understood and applied until the second Roosevelt demanded and received Lenin-like economic power (“for our own good,” of course) and supine judges allowed it despite its obvious illegality.

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