“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in state government are numerous and indefinite.” - James Madison, Federalist Papers No. 45, Jan. 26, 1788.
Words have meaning; what doesn’t BND letter writer Frankie Seaberry understand? As I stated in a previous letter, in Seaberry’s words, each state was already “doing its own thing.” For the Constitution to be law, it had to be ratified by the states. If federalism was as Seaberry claims, the Constitution would never have been ratified by the states. The fact that the Constitution and the amendments had to ratified shows the power the framers gave to the states. States have sovereign authority and are part of the separation of powers in this republic.
“Rogue states might make undercover deals with enemy nations...” - read Article I Section 10 of the Constitution. “Reinstitute slavery” - why do we have the 14th Amendment, adopted in 1868?
Federal representation, servants of the public, “create or pass laws determining our destinies” was Seaberry’s original claim. The 55 delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 would disagree. Freedom is choosing our own destiny.
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Russell C. Fette