As our federal government usurps more and more power from the states, it is important for us to learn from our founding fathers their original intent. Celebrate Constitution Day by educating yourself and those close to you about the importance of states’ rights.

The Cleremont Sun – It is not as widely known as other holidays, so many Americans probably are not even aware that September 17th is “Constitution Day.” So I think it is as good a time as any to give our premier founding document some thought, and although the day is intended to shine light on our federal Constitution, it should be encouraged that we think about the importance of the 50 state constitutions as well.

As the federal government continues to usurp more and more power from the states, it seems that James Madison’s words in Federalist Paper No. 45 are becoming increasingly meaningless:

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

Not only were the powers granted to the federal government small in number, but the Founders were also very clear about what those powers were: Military acts, foreign commerce, international negotiations, along with some others. Basically, federal powers were granted mostly for external affairs, such as war, that are best executed when states come together and pool their resources toward a larger effort like funding a national military that would defend all of the states.

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