Hamilton on Federal Overreach
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Hamilton on Federal Overreach


Not valid. That’s what Alexander Hamilton called any federal act contrary to the Constitution. In Federalist paper #78, Hamilton wrote: “There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised is void.” And from this Hamilton drew the only logical conclusion. the road “No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.” In a nutshell, Hamilton told us the federal government is not supreme. Whatever authority it has was delegated to it by a higher authority – the people of the several states. If the federal government exercises any power contrary to those delegated to it in the Constitution, the act is void. In other words – not valid or legally binding. That means any such unconstitutional acts should simply be ignored.

3 Comments

  • hostiliscivitas

    The 17th amendment was contrary to the constitution as it did harm to the republican form of government guaranteed by the founders. Can an amendment be viewed as a "legislative act contrary to the constitution "?

  • AV8R Tom

    Except our government already has the power to imprison you for failing to comply with laws, constitutional or not. Furthermore the department of justice, and Supreme Courts have already proven that they can, and will, uphold and defend unconstitutional laws.. we see it every day and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Every single gun control law, and the laws regarding a issuance of permit process are all infringements on the second amendment. Yet, they are upheld by courts, enforced by law, and you can be imprisoned if you do not comply with those laws and rulings. – fight back, the way our forefathers would have wanted us to, by assembling militias and taking up arms against our government, and you will be overpowered killed or imprisoned and labeled a terrorist or fanatical anti government organization. The Tierney has already happened. We have already lost our freedom to our government. It happened over many many decades slowly but surely, one law at a time, and it is already too late to put things back the way they were supposed to be.

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