Federal Supremacy Vs State Powers

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Federal Supremacy Vs State Powers

Federalist No.51, “the power surrendered by the people” would be “divided between two distinct governments” creating a balance of power that would enable the “different governments to control each other.” -James Madison The Tenth Amendment states that “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 the people (List of Amendments to the United States Constitution). The Bill of Rights is a clear establishment of the restrictions on Federal authority. James Madison, along with numerous other framers, feared the monarchical powers. The framers fought against the tyrannical rule of the King, setting forth the foundation upon which the colonies designed their government and consequently led to the authoring and ratification of the Constitution. The US Constitution’s purpose can be said to have been to fill in the gaps of all the unenumerated powers of the states. This is where we begin to understand the confusion of two centers of power with sovereign authority. Which one leads the nation by authority? Or as I like to say, “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” The Supremacy Clause was set forth to dispel the issues that confuse us all between the federal law and state law. Article VI of the Constitution establishes the laws and treaties of the United States made in accordance with it as the supreme law of the land, and the judges in every…
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