Limited Federal Government

The framers created a constitution that created a strong federal government with narrowly defined powers while leaving the states generally sovereign in all other powers. 

The federal government was made strong in just a few roles. In Article 1, Section 8, the Constitution assigns enumerated powers to the federal government.  These powers include levying and collecting taxes, borrowing, issuing currency, declaring and making war, raising a militia to prosecute wars, putting down insurrections, conducting foreign diplomacy, and regulating foreign, interstate, and tribal commerce. 

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Image: Drawing of the elevation of the White House by James Hoban, 1792; in the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore.

2 thoughts on “Limited Federal Government”

  1. If you read this without prejudice, disregarding what you “think” orbwhst we do you will see how far we are from orginial intent.

    1. Hi Ricky, hang in there, we do address that point. Or read ahead and click on the link to the full short course. Keep the comments coming and share with friends!

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