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Understanding the Constitution

What is “Federalism”?

I’ll explain it:  With our Constitution, we created a federal  FORM of government:  A federation of Sovereign States united together ONLY for those limited purposes enumerated in the Constitution, with all other powers reserved by The States or The People.

This one page chart illustrates the federal FORM of the government created by the Constitution – and lists most of the enumerated powers delegated to the national government.  As you see from the chart, it is a short list:  depending on how you count, we delegated only 18 -21 powers to the national part of the “federal” government.   https://publiushuldah.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/chart-showing-federal-structure-3-1-part-a2.pdf

“Federalism” was implemented beautifully by our Framers in our Constitution.

This is important.

April 28, 2015
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April 28, 2015 - Posted by | Federal Form of government, Federalism | ,

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  1. I would just add that our American form of Federalism is unique and needs to be properly understood, so as not to be duped by those attempting to alter it, e.g. Randy Barnett’s “Bill of Federalism”. To which you are doing a wonderful job of instructing.

    “There are a number of opinions; but the principal question is, whether it be a federal or consolidated government. In order to judge properly of the question before us, we must consider it minutely in its principal parts. I conceive myself that it is of a mixed nature; it is in a manner unprecedented; we cannot find one express example in the experience of the world. It stands by itself. In some respects it is a government of a federal nature; in others, it is of a consolidated nature. Even if we attend to the manner in which the Constitution is investigated, ratified, and made the act of the people of America, I can say, notwithstanding what the honorable gentleman has alleged, that this government is not completely consolidated, nor is it entirely federal. Who are parties to it? The people—but not the people as composing one great body; but the people as composing thirteen sovereignties.” ~James Madison, Virginia Ratification Debate 1788

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    Comment by Blue Tail Gadfly | April 30, 2015 | Reply

  2. You are doing great work and it is much appreciated and very educational for me. I am passing it on to all who I think can and will be informed. John Mullins

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    Comment by John Mullins | April 29, 2015 | Reply


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