- Amendment X
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.
The 10th Amendment is one that has been both ignored and abused since the founding of the United States of America. The Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, Governors, and the President (I mean every president) has used it ignored it to gain political points, or used it to ignore a problem.
This Amendment guarantees that the Federal government is limited to the powers only granted to them by the US Constitution.
For instance, a mandate that forces US citizens to buy healthcare and taxes them if they do not is not a power granted to the federal government in the Constitution. However, the 13th Amendment allows the federal to make sure slavery does not come back.
The federal government has often tried to avoid the 10th Amendment to take away from the power of the state government. For example, the case where Judge Roy Moore of Alabama put in a monument that had the Ten Commandments and a federal judge told he could not do that. There is no authority in the Constitution that gives the federal government (executive, legislative, or judicial) the authority to do this.
This Amendment was put into the Constitution to keep the federal government out of the lives, processes, and states legislatures to prevent them from overreaching.
How has that worked so far, especially in recent times?
I hope you have enjoyed my series on the Bill of Rights and why they matter to us today. I would appreciate any feedback you have.