"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."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
The Federalist No. 45
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The Supreme Court ignores the 10th Amendment as if it never existed.
 -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Change the words federal to state and vice versa in the quote and you have the situation in the U.S. today.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    That Constitution and and the republic for which it was to define exists no more. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, along with its Executive, Judicial, and Legislative clergy live by anti-law canons and subject the once land of the free and home of the brave to tyranny and all other forms of malignant despotism.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Somehow this fact is ignored by both the government and the people at large.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    If he were only President today!
     -- Sean, Brookline     
    Dictator Barry Soetoro, aka Obama, along with the republirats and demorats need to read the Constitution instead of leaning towards and accepting communism. Read the Declaration of Independence where it says we can abolish the government and institute a new one.
     -- Larry, Mt. Nebo,Pa.     
    Please! I admire Madison so much, but don't forget that this quote is part of his political efforts to get the Constitution ratified. He was trying to reassure the Anti-Federalists. The 10th Amendment did not yet exist. He was a federalist who believed in the supremacy of the national government.
     -- john s, san antonio, tx     
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