What Happened to the TENTH AMENDMENT?



When the Tenth Amendment was written and passed, more than two hundred years ago, the federal government’s duties were such basic actions as defending our nation, delivering the mail, operating federal courts and ensuring commerce between the states ran smoothly. Yet the Constitution was worded in such a way that it could be interpreted to grant it much broader authority. The 10th Amendment was intended to limit government’s reach and keep the balance of power with the States and the people.

So how, in spite of this Amendment, did our nation come to the point where the federal government now sets the rules that govern how the American people must work, how we shall be educated, what kind of business we may conduct, who we must employ, what doctors we may use, which vehicles we may drive, etc., while levying burdensome taxes to enforce those rules?


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