The U.S. Constitution’s Enumerated Powers

We now come to the most dangerous part of the Constitution. Why? Because it gives power to the government (power over the many, in the hands of a few).

You see the Founding Fathers knew all governments were potentially  dangerous, but history reveals that limited Republics are the safest and most prosperous for the people. It is sort of like having a guard dog.  He can be an asset only if you control him rather than he controlling you.

Thomas Jefferson stated, ” Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” OK, so what are the limited powers assigned to Congress?

According to the U.S. Constitution, Article I section 8, there are  eighteen powers delegated to Congress as follows:

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

2.  To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

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

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

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

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

7.  To establish Post Offices and post roads

8.  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;

9.  To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

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

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

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

13. To provide and maintain a Navy;

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

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

16. 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;

17.  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

18.  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.

Note: Theory is one thing, but history tells us much more.  Science always seeks to prove theories by application before they call them fact.  History reveals to us the validity of theory.

History tells us all governments are potentially dangerous.  It is simply that under   limited republics  there is less danger for the masses.

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2 Responses to The U.S. Constitution’s Enumerated Powers

  1. G’Day! Roma,
    Thanks, on a related note, The U.S. Constitution created a federal government of enumerated powers, and legislation enacted by Congress must be based on a specific power the Constitution grants to the federal government or be reasonably necessary for carrying out an enumerated power.
    Is that True.
    BTW great blogpost
    Acrylic Letters

    • Jess says:

      The Constitution is a contract between the Stated and The Federal Government. It says that the Federal Government is limited to the powers given to it in the enumerated powers, everything else belongs to the States. But, like a drug addict, they have gone well beyond.

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