10th Amendment Defined

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The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people.

Ratified in 1791, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution embodies the general principles of Federalism in a republican form of government. The Constitution specifies the parameters of authority that may be exercised by the three branches of the federal government: executive, legislative, and judicial. The Tenth Amendment reserves to the states all powers that are not granted to the federal government by the Constitution, except for those powers that states are constitutionally forbidden from exercising.

For example, nowhere in the federal Constitution is Congress given authority to regulate local matters concerning the health, safety, and morality of state residents. Known as police powers, such authority is reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment. Conversely, no state may enter into a treaty with a foreign government because such agreements are prohibited by the plain language of Article I to the Constitution.

What it means is this – the US federal government is authorized to exercise only those powers which are specifically given to it in the Constitution. Nothing more, and nothing less.

Period.  End of story.

The founders felt so strongly about this principle that they codified it in law as the Tenth Amendment:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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7 responses to “10th Amendment Defined

  • Phil

    as a native Texan, i’m just waiting for the federal government to go too far and Texas to say enough is enough.

    • specfriggintacular

      There are already 30 states that have either devised, are devising or contemplating devising the bills to invoke their 10th amendment rights. The government is going to far and has been for some time. There is a reason why the 10th amendment was put in place, to keep big government out!

  • Barbara

    I am so happy to finally see Americans becoming informed and standing up to the pathetic, so-called leaders of this great country!
    The progressives are nothing but greedy and self absorbed idiots!

  • Gary Phillips

    The govenerners of every state in the US should unite & organize a summit to discuss our tenth admendment rights & organize a game plan to let the Federal Government know that they are in control of their states & to back off. FIGHT POWER WITH POWER.

  • Faith Haynes

    Does this also include standing up to big government to get rid of social security? Because had it not been for the governments involvement in this area millions of people who; when they retire, would have nothing to live by. Please people don’t look at the color of the man that implemented a good thing, instead please…look at what good can come from what he implemented!

    • specfriggintacular

      #1, SS was setup to help fund FDRs deficit.

      #2. SS was setup for ONLY what you put in to it. IF you only put in $10, you only got $10. If you put in nothing, you got nothing.

      #3. There was none of this survivors benefits

      #4. There was no SSI – disability

      #5, There was no illegal aliens taking from SS like Obama’s illegal aunt factually does; and NO, she never paid in to the system

      Fact is – what did they ever do before FDR setup SS to help pay the governments bill? US was around way before FDR implemented SS and families did just fine.

      As for the good of Obamcare? Reason why the poor cannot access Medicaid or why a second tier could not have been made for those who are poor but not poor enough for Medicaid where they pay $5 instead of $25 for an office visit?

      Obamacare is a SCAM – period!

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