Whatever Happened To State's Rights?
In 1788, [James Madison, chief author of our Constitution,] noted pointedly that 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."
This week, addressing the same question, the Supreme Court said, "James who?"
- Steve Chapman
"Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a federal, and not
a national constitution."
- James Madison