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1. The Constitution grants to Congress only limited powers to make criminal laws. These powers fall into five categories: a) those made pursuant to express authorizations for four specific crimes; b) those made under the “necessary and proper” clause; c) those made for the few tiny geographical areas over which Congress has “exclusive Legislation”;

Page numbers refer to the hard bound ed. of the Journal of the Federal Convention Kept by James Madison (ed. by E.H. Scott; R. R. Donnelly & Sons Co., Chicago, 1893).  Hyperlinks to an online edition are also provided. Summary of the Dispute during 1787 The dispute was whether Congress

[two_third] Our Constitution is a glorious document. This one page chart depicts the Structure of the federal government we created when we ratified our Constitution; and lists the “limited & enumerated powers” we delegated to the federal government over the Country at Large. In a nutshell, our Constitution authorizes the

A “constitution free zone” is totally unconstitutional. What with Barack Obama’s “constitution free zone” and the Barnett/Levin/Natelson/Farris/Barton gang calling for an Article V convention to gut our Constitution or replace it altogether, our Constitution is under deadly attack. At Art. I, Sec. 8, next to last clause, the Constitution delegates

The “Convention of States” (COS) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page contains 989 words – none of them true – except for these which appear in the first paragraph: “The federal government is spending this country into the ground … It’s time American citizens took a stand and made a legitimate

The stated purpose of Compact for America, Inc. is to get a balanced budget amendment (BBA) ratified. Here is their proposed BBA. State Legislators recently introduced it in Arizona. 1 The gap between what this BBA pretends to do – and what it actually does – is enormous. It has

Q: Doesn’t our Constitution already provide for controlling federal spending? A: Yes. It lists the purposes for which Congress may spend money. Spending is limited by the “enumerated powers” listed in the Constitution: If it’s on the list of powers delegated to Congress or the President, Congress may lawfully appropriate

Q: How are amendments to the federal Constitution made? A: Article V of our Constitution provides two method of amending the Constitution: Congress proposes amendments and presents them to the States for ratification; or When 2/3 of the States apply for it, Congress calls a convention to propose amendments.  

For 100 years, the federal government has usurped powers not delegated to it in our Constitution. What should we do about it? Should we reclaim our existing Constitution and put an end to the usurpations? Or should we “modernize” the Constitution by delegating to the federal government the powers it

Those pushing for the so-called “convention of states” 1 say we must amend the Constitution because the people in Washington “don’t understand it.” Rubbish! Our Constitution is so simple that Alexander Hamilton expected us to be “enlightened enough to distinguish between a legal exercise and an illegal usurpation of authority”;