Full Nature of Liberty and Governance

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Cross Posted by Andrew Nappi from Tenth Amendment Center

by Jim Vetter, Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

The past two years have seen an increased discussion on liberty, the role of the Federal government, and the US Constitution.  Much focus has been on the US Constitution due to Washington’s egregious overreach in 2009 & 2010, and adding the last straw to the camel’s back with National Health Care.   It is refreshing to see more Americans regularly reading the US Constitution and other writings by the founders to understand original intent and get us back on track.

What is a Constitution?

As part of our reading, how many have asked what a constitution actually is and also what it is not?  The word constitution is sometimes thrown around loosely and often implied to mean different things to different people.

A constitution is defined as a set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is governed.  Our US Constitution is simply the framework for operation of the Federal government.  It establishes the Federal Government as an agent to act on behalf of the sovereign states in certain limited areas.  The powers granted are specifically the enumerated powers in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.  Most of the document discusses how the different branches of the Federal government work- judical, executive and legislative.

Read the entire article at: http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/01/24/full-nature-of-liberty-and-governance/

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