A Guide to the Constitution


The Constitution of the United States of America is a document “ordained and established” by the people, for the United States of America, in which the government; that is, the Congress is given “delegated, limited and enumerated powers.” In addition, some exceptions, limitations, or restrictions were placed on some of these powers. And, additional powers, or restrictions to powers granted, to Congress can be granted, or imposed, through an amendment to the Constitution.

“. . . It is no longer open to question that by the Constitution a nation was brought into being, and that that instrument was not merely operative to establish a closer union or league of States. Whatever powers of government were granted to the Nation or reserved to the States (and for the description and limitation of those powers we must always accept the Constitution as alone and absolutely controlling), there was created a Nation, to be known as the United States of America, and as such then assumed its place among the nations of the world.” State of Kansas v. State of Colorado: 206 U.S. 46, 80 (1907).

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