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Monday, June 8, 2009

Enumerated Powers

The Constitution of the United States specifically limits the Congress to certain enumerated powers as stated in Article I, Section 8. The Constitution of the United States does not empower government; it limits government to stated activities. This section is very important in defining and differentiating our country and is presented below. All Americans should be familiar with the stated powers. All other powers belong to the people and the states. Further, the first ten amendments to the Constitution specifically limit governments ability to infringe upon the rights of the people. These latter issues will be covered in a subsequent posting.

Article I, Section 8

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

1 comment:

Patrick Flynn said...

WITHOUT THE 10TH AMENDMENT, ARTICLE 1 BECOMES A POWER GRAB. INDEED, THE 10TH IS STUDIOUSLY IGNORED BY THE FEDERAL MONOLITH. WE HAVE BECOME POWERLESS TO OPPOSE THIS GARGANTUAN, IN THAT THE MILITARY HAS BECOME SO GREAT AND SUCH A WEAPON OF STRENGTH THAT OPPOSITION, LIKE RUBY RIDGE OR WACO SPELLS IMMEDIATE DEATH. IT IS ONLY A QUESTION OF WHEN AMERICAN TROOPS WILL TURN THEIR GUNS ON AMERICAN CITIZENS, WHO WILL HAVE BECOME DEMONIZED AND CALLED TERRORISTS.

I WAS ONCE AT A CANDIDATE'S NIGHT AND ASKED BOTH REP. AND DEM. CANDIDATES WHAT THEY WOULD DO, IF ELECTED, TO SUPPORT THE 10 AMENDMENT.
NEITHER KNEW WHAT IT WAS.

'NUFF SAID'