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Tue., June 19, 2012

Constitution perverted

In a May 30 letter, Lee Freese states that federal authorities are plenary, absent a specific constitutional prohibition. He continues that any view to the contrary is “backwards.”

These assertions are the antithesis of our Constitution. “The powers of the Federal government are enumerated: it can only operate in certain cases: it has legislative powers on defined and limited objectives, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction,” James Madison, June 12, 1788. Yes, that James Madison, who is credited with authoring the Constitution. Also see Federalist 45, in which Madison identifies the Federal authorities as “few and defined.”

Alexander Hamilton, who authored Federalist 23, explained where the authority of the federal government must be concentrated, and later argued against the Bill of Rights on the premise that they were unnecessary, “For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?” Oh, and let us not forget that 10th Amendment thingy.

Freese fervently advocates for more unconstitutional federal spending on education; however, if the lack of knowledge displayed in his letter is a result of that system, I will not pay one additional dime, and I want my money back.

Gary Warren

Spokane



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