The Louisiana Purchase Treaty Was An Unconstitutional Expansion Of Federal Powers

1066 Words Sep 27th, 2016 5 Pages
For most Americans, the Louisiana Purchase is regarded as one of the most influential treaties of our nation in expanding its borders and securing its status as a world powerhouse in political dominance. However, a significant yet otherwise subdued dilemma the Louisiana Purchase treaty caused was an unconstitutional expansion of federal powers, specifically with regards to the president. Robert Knowles argues that the assumed expansion of federal powers to include additions of states and integration into the union significantly hindered the balance between federal powers and state powers, granting the former much more importance in the “empire of liberty” model. Specifically, though, the Louisiana Purchase treaty was conducted with no regards to a formal amendment that would allow President Jefferson to authorize such a deal of expansion of the union. Because President Jefferson blatantly ignored the used of Article Five and its “only text-based method for amending the Constitution” (Knowles, 408), Knowles argues that the use of Article Five and its amendment-making process became obsolete and a formality by all three branches of the United States Government, and that the people became a more powerful weapon than the states. More narrowly, Knowles contends that the President now had precedence and comfort to bypass amendment creation for constitutional change he sought for, Congress followed suit with Jefferson’s neglect by they themselves neglecting to authorize…

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