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By Daily Hampshire Gazette

Argues that federal government is given many powers

Jay Fleitman’s eulogizing of his friend John Andrulis (“Paying tribute to John Andrulis,” Aug. 7) is, no doubt, heartfelt, but I must take exception to the falsely promulgated notion that he slips in asserting that the U.S.Constitution prescribes “small government.”

This ideological touchstone of libertarians and many conservatives, which is so often repeated, is not to be found in our Constitution. In response to the Articles of Confederation which left the federal government so weak that it couldn’t pay the nation’s debts, live up to its treaty obligations, or levy taxes, our founders endowed the federal government with considerable powers.

Hamilton wrote in Federalist 34, “Nothing can therefore be more fallacious, than to infer the extent of any power, proper to be lodged in the national government, from an estimate of its immediate necessities. There ought to be capacity to provide for future contingencies as they may happen; and as these are illimitable in their nature, it is impossible safely to limit that capacity.”

This also seems to be a strong argument against the originalism that is espoused by some of the far right members of the US. Supreme Court.

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