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How does the United States Constitution provide for a strong federal government while still upholding individual states' rights? Discuss.
RESERVED POWERS Scope and Purpose "The Tenth Amendment was intended to confirm the understanding of the people at the time the Constitution was adopted, that powers not granted to the United States were reserved to the States or to the people. [ It added nothing to the instrument as originally ratified." 1 "The amendment states but a truism that all is retained which has not been surrendered.
There is nothing in the history of its adoption to suggest that it was more than declaratory of the relationship between the national and state governments as it had been established by the Constitution before the amendment or that its purpose was other than to allay fears that the new national government might seek to exercise powers not granted, and that the states might not be able to exercise fully their reserved powers." 2 That this provision was not conceived to be a yardstick for measuring the powers granted to the Federal Government or reserved to the States was firmly settled by the refusal of both Houses of Congress to insert the word "expressly" before the word "delegated," 3 and was confirmed by Madison's remarks in the course of the debate, which took place while the proposed amendment was pending, concerning Hamilton's plan to establish a national bank. "Interference with the power of the States was no constitutional criterion of the power of Congress. If the power was not given, Congress could not exercise it; if given, they might exercise it, although it should interfere with the laws, or even the Constitutions of the States." 4 Nevertheless, for approximately a century, from the death of Marshall until 1937, the Tenth Amendment was frequently invoked to curtail powers expressly granted to Congress, notably the powers to regulate commerce, to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment, and to lay and collect taxes. Source(s): 4 years ago ]
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When do we decide to act as "Americans" and when do we decide to act as "Californians" or "Texans" or "Floridians" or "Vermonters"? Why are we the same under certain circumstaces but so different in other circumstances that we cannot abide by the same laws?
Weegy: Americans From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For other uses, see American (disambiguation), [ and American (word) for analysis and history of the meanings in various contexts. Americans Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the United States of America Total population 308,745,538[1] 2010 United States Census Regions with significant populations United States 316,278,000[2] current population estimates Mexico 738,100–1,000,000 [3][4] Canada 316,350–1,000,000 [5][6] Philippines 300,000 [7] Israel 200,000 [8][9] United Kingdom 139,000-197,143 [10][11] Liberia 160,000 [12] Costa Rica 130,000 [13] South Korea 120,000-158,000 [14] France 100,000 [15] Germany 99,600 [16] People's Republic of China 71,493 [17] Brazil 70,000 [18] Hong Kong 60,000 [19] India 60,000 [20] Australia 56,276 [21] Japan 51,321 [22] Italy 50,000 [23] Saudi Arabia 40,000 [24] Argentina 37,000 [25] Norway 33,509 [26] Bahamas 30,000 [27] Lebanon 25,000 [28] Panama 25,000 [29] New Zealand 17,751 [30] Honduras 15,000 [31] Chile 12,000 [32] Republic of China 10,645 [33] Bermuda 8,000 [34] Kuwait 8,000 [35] Languages Primarily English, but also Spanish and others Religion Christian (Protestantism, Catholicism and Mormonism)[36] Unaffiliated (Agnosticism and Atheism)[36] Various non-christian religions (Judaism, and others)[36] Americans, or American people, are citizens, or natives, of the United States of America.[37][38] The country is home to people of different national origins. ] (More)
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