Federal Overreach & States' Rights

The overreach of federal government is out of control. But we need to remember that it was the states who created federal government and there may be a day coming soon when states like Iowa will have to reign it in by taking a stand against federal overreach and disregard for the Constitution. This overreach will only be stopped when the States stand up and say enough if enough.

This is easier said than done, but it starts with strengthening our foundational understanding of the American form of Government at the State House. A good place to start is understanding the original intent of the founders regarding limited federal government. Article 1, Sec. 8 of the U.S. Constitution and the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution give us a good start.

Article I, Sec. 8 of the Constitution lists 17 powers delgated to the federal government. This itself shows that federal government is to be limited and operate within defined boundaries. (Those powers are listed below.)

The Tenth Amendment further reinforces the intent of limited federal government and clearly shows that broader power is given to the states and the people. It says:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

There are some who say that our Constitution is archaic and outdated and should be rewritten. I strongly disagree. Our Constituion contains timeless principles that we must return to, not discard.


17 Enumerated Powers

-Lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

-Borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

-Regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

-Establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

-Coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

-Provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

-Establish Post Offices and post Roads;

-Promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

-Constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

-Define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

-Declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

-Raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

-Provide and maintain a Navy; to Make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

-Provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

-Provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

-Exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

-Make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.