Reviving the Tenth Amendment

The wording of the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment is clear: “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.” How did the federal government manage to expand its reach and diminish the powers “reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”? Blame it on both the ebb and flow of the tides of history and the ever-present appetite for government at all levels to consolidate power. It is therefore time for the states to rally to reassert their Tenth Amendment rights—through multistate compacts, restructuring the use of federal funds, litigating if necessary, and demonstrating that the laboratories of democracy are at work and open for business.

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