Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Strict vs. Loose?
Therefore, the question of how we should interpret the United States Constitution is still a valid discussion (or debate, depending on how you want to look at it). Just as it was in the infancy of the nation, the question as to the divisional of governmental power continues to have a direct effect on how we often view the role of government. Should the Federal government have the greatest power or should the States maintain the majority of the power? We know from our study of the Constitutional Convention, that question was one of the major questions that, to some degree, never really gets answered (at least for some) and is still being debated today. Example, some would argue that the debate over gay marriage should not be a federal issue since the Constitution does not address marriage (that would place it under the 10th Amendment - a power that lays with the States). That's only one such example and of course, this blog topic is NOT about gay marriage.
For this week's blog, I'd like to hear your opinion.
Should the Constitution be interpreted in the spirit of a Jeffersonian or a Hamiltonian? Strict vs. Loose. Is Big Government the answer to America's current problems or should the role of the federal government be reduced?