The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday concerns the role of the federal government. The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, ore to the people.” In other words, the Constitution gives the federal government only those powers listed as belonging to the federal government and those it says do not belong to the States or the people. All other powers belong to the States or the people. James Madison, known as the “Father of the Constitution,” explains further in Federalist Paper 45:
The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects; as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce. … The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people.
After quoting the above statement, economist Walter Williams says that the realty today is exactly opposite from what Madison wrote. “The powers of the federal government are numerous and indefinite, and those of state governments are few and defined.”
Williams believes that confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would help the Court to see cases in line with the views of the Framers.
If confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh will bring to the Supreme Court a vision closer to that of the Framers than the vision of those who believe that the Constitution is a “living document.”
Those Americans rallying against Kavanaugh’s confirmation are really against the Constitution rather than the man – Kavanaugh – whom I believe would take seriously his oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution.
Williams asks, “Was Madison misinformed or just plain ignorant about the powers delegated to Congress?” He proceeds to share the statements of several former presidents, congressional representative, and Framers who support Madison’s view of the Constitution.
Democrat President Grover Cleveland vetoed 584 acts of Congress during his two terms as president in the late 1800s. Among these vetoes were “many congressional spending bills.” He often gave this reason for his veto: “I can find no warrant for such an appropriate in the Constitution.”
President Cleveland, along with the Framers and other leaders of the nation, are probably during over in the graves and groaning about massive federal government programs today!
Williams’ bottom line is leftists are against the Constitution, and not Brett Kavanaugh in particular. They know that he is a strict constitutionalist. He carries a copy of the Constitution in his pocket, and he knows what it says. His record is full of cases where he ruled according to what the Constitution says.
Therefore, I agree with Williams. The circus atmosphere created by the Democrats in the Senate confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh and the recent attack on Kavanaugh’s character about a 36-year-old alleged assault show that the Democrats are against the Constitution. They will fight any nominee who promises to uphold the Constitution.