I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that all powers not delegated

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that all powers not delegated”

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that all powers not delegated --Thomas Jefferson

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.” To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.

Thomas Jefferson

Year: 1791
Context: Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank

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Referenced by The American Thinker – Blog: Which Government Does the U.S. Bill of Rights Limit? http://fq1.us/4c3

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