The Founding Fathers understood that in order to prevent the potential abuse of power by the central government that they had just created it would be necessary to contrain that government with a written Constitution.

They created a Federal Government which consisted of three separate and distinct branches of government. It was their intention to separate the powers in order to prevent governmental misconduct. They also enumerated a short list of delegated powers to the newly formed central government and reserved all of the remaining powers to the states.

The Tenth Amendment declared that “Any power not delegated to the United States nor prohibited is reserved to the states and to the people. This declaration made it clear that powers of the Central Government were to be limited while the powers retained by the states was to be virtually unlimited.

The framers of the Constitution believed that God created man and that man was the subject and that God was the Master. They believed that man created the states and that man maintained a position of superiority over that which he had created. The states created the Central Government and retained sovereignty over their creation. The Framers of the Constitution created an employer-employee relationship between the states and the government that they had created to serve them.

Even before the ink on the Constitution had dried, there were people in high places that wanted to a much stronger central government and began to distort the original intent of the Framers in order to accomplish their unrighteous agenda. They knew that in order for them to gain control over the people they would need to find ways to interpret the Constitution to in a manner that would allow them the power to do whatever they felt was in their best interest.

The three branches of government were to have the responsibility to over see one another, but they did not give the authority to the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of legislation passed by Congress. The Framers believed that the states should have the authority to determine whether or not Congressional legislation violated the Constitution. By allowing the states and not the Supreme Court to bethe final arbiter on the Constitutionality of laws passed by Congress, the people would assert their role as the masters while delegating the Central government to the position of sevant of the people.

The 10th 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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