The Historical Foundation

The Historical Foundation

We advocate for national policies that respect the vision of the Founders for a government that is federal
—in which government power is broadly distributed.

James Madison in Federalist No. 45

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

In 1932, he wrote, “It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights is about the scope of government. It limits not what we can do, but what government can do. And the Tenth Amendment is very specific; whatever powers aren’t granted to the federal government in the Constitution itself are reserved for the states, or for the citizens.

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