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03-14-2005, 01:59 PM
I made a post elsewhere so rather than duplicate it http://forums.somd.com/showpost.php?p=854673&postcount=46
Also, here is an excellent site with very good incite. http://www.barefootsworld.net/nortonuc12.html
04-19-2011, 04:21 PM
Bumped for second chance.
04-19-2011, 05:33 PM
I made a post elsewhere so rather than duplicate it Southern Maryland Community Forums - View Single Post - What our founders said. (http://forums.somd.com/showpost.php?p=854673&postcount=46)
Also, here is an excellent site with very good incite. Undermining the Constitution - A History of Lawless Government, by Thomas James Norton - Chapter XII (http://www.barefootsworld.net/nortonuc12.html)
Well James Madison would be dismayed that the Federal Government has grown so much at the expense of the State governments.
I think one of the primary goals of the Framers was to strengthen the Federal Government from what it was in the Articles of Confederation. In fact that was the primary purpose of discarding the Articles of Confederation and constructing a new Constitution.
On the other hand, its obvious the federal government currently has way more power than they originally anticipated. Its like having a scale that is not balanced. The states were too strong and the federal government was too weak under the Articles of Confederation. Hence they tried to add a little heft to the side with the Federal government so the scale would not be so lopisided. Over time the side with the Federal government collected water and seriously outweighed the other side of the scale with the State governments on it.
04-19-2011, 05:35 PM
As a side note, I'll note the Federal Government's expansion legally is more tied to the Interstate Commerce clause than the general welfare clause.
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