Let’s Talk About the Constitution
The ever-present, often overlooked piece of paper that’s been running this country since September 17, 1787.
Have you ever read the constitution? This week Goodwin and Scieszka is going to break down some of the constitution’s key provisions to give you a better understanding of how this amazing country functions.
Article I sect. 8 of the United States Constitution applies to congress and lists congress’s enumerated rights. Our founding fathers were smart enough to list congress’s authority to ensure that power could be equally distributed among various authorities of government:
The Congress shall have power to 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;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;
To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;
To establish post offices and post roads;
To 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;
To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;
To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
To provide and maintain a navy;
To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
To 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.
What do you think? Interesting? Most people haven’t read the constitution, or they know little about it.
Congress’s broadest power comes from what is known as the commerce clause. Congress can regulate commerce, instrumentalities within commerce, and things that substantially effect commerce. Commerce is generally what takes people to and from different states: roads, planes, trains, and waterways.
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Check back — we are going to walk through small provisions of the constitution and give you a quick look at what makes this country function.