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2005

Federal power daze

06/12/05

The chief author of our Constitution, James Madison, had little patience for those who accused him and his allies of trying to create a large, intrusive federal government. In 1788, he noted pointedly the 'powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those of the states, by contrast, are numerous and indefinite.' Last week, addressing the same question, the Supreme Court said, 'James who?' In recent years, the justices had flirted with restoring to the states some authority they once exercised. ... But the new romance didn't last. The court's decision to uphold the federal ban on medical marijuana is a victory for those who think the federal government should be free to poke its snout anywhere it wants -- an approach, conservatives should note, consistently favored by the Bush administration...

//www.washtimes.com/commentary/20050611-112051-4116r.htm

from Washington Times, by Steve Chapman


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