The Constitution Has Lost Its Value Essay

1279 Words Jan 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Over the past two hundred years, the Constitution has lost its value. Dating back to June 21, 1788 when the Constitution was officially ratified to now, the Constitution went from specific laws that the State and National Governments followed, to laws that can be evaded through implied powers. Now, the National as well as the state Governments can and have easily created laws as they saw necessary for the U.S. which, unfortunately strengthened congress to the point where it has more power to enforce and create laws than the other branches of government that were created for those purposes. Article 1, section 8 of the Constitution clearly states the powers given to congress. However, due to its limited nature, they decided to use their implied powers to work around the 10th amendment. The 10th amendment essentially gives states all of the power that the federal government doesn’t have, if the constitution does not specifically say the Federal government can do it, it isn’t allowed. The 10th amendment is known as the barrier on what the federal government can do. This all ties back into the first point, implied powers. Due to the 10th amendment, the National government is basically forced to rely on the necessary and proper clause to proceed with anything they want to do. Another example of the National Government’s power is the supremacy clause in Article VI of the constitution. This clause states that all Federal laws have jurisdictional authority over State laws in the…

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