Here repeat after me “EEEENOOOMERATED POWERS”
What separates our Republic and all Republic’s that have come before it is this very singularly important distinction. Enumerated Powers
Here is an excellent interpretation by Kevin Price from his article titled: “What are "enumerated powers" and why do they matter?”
"Enumerated powers" have an academic sound to them. It sounds like something you would read about in a history book. Simply put, enumerated powers are those powers specifically delegated to the Congress by the US Constitution. By the way, they are still there.
Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution lists the seventeen powers specifically enumerated to the Constitution. All of these things are important and the government's function in these areas was supposed to be strong, in order to protect the liberties of every American. Some of the things delegated to Congress include standard weights and measures, coining money, post offices and post roads, the protection of intellectual property, and a national defense. Beyond these and a few other very specific items, there was not much for which the federal government was responsible. read more »