James Madison on the Constitutional powers of the federal government:

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined … (to be) exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce.

Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan) on the exercise of federal power:

Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.

One result of the Democrats’ takeover in 2008 has been a general loosening of the liberal lips.  The need to guard one’s true Marxist ideology has been mitigated because a) Republicans can’t stop any vote, and b) the media will remain the disinterested lapdogs they have become.  So, we are regaled with ejaculations like this wingdinger from Dingell on WJR radio on Monday.

Take a moment to read and re-read the quote from Madison.  Remember, he is not a pundit, not (merely) a politician or opinionist.  He is The Author of the Constitution.  Of all people who have walked the planet since time began, here is the one man who all should agree knew precisely what that document means.  Does Madison’s description of the Constitutional powers bear even the slightest resemblance to the United States Government in 2010?  Do you see a government-run retirement program authorized in there?  How about a public TV network?  Arts funding department?  Education department?  How about…let’s see…taking over one-sixth of the economy of the United States?

The states are granted the latitude to do many things – even many of the things they are doing today, however misguided.  The federal government is not.  Its powers in Article 8 were meant to be narrow, limited, and enumerated; this may be the one thing that every founder agreed upon.  Just in case, the 10th amendment is the smack upside the head of anyone who failed to understand Article 8:

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.

Could the 10th amendment have been written any more clearly?