Trump Transition Web Site Gives Lengthy Mention of “10th Amendment”


Nothing about Donald Trump’s candidacy for the presidency was normal. After all, he defeated more than a dozen recognized names in the Republican Party – even after he refused to promise he would support the GOP candidate if it wasn’t him.

Nor was his stunning-to-many election victory over Hillary Clinton, an icon of one of the most powerful political families in the nation, routine. He won states that Republicans had not won in decades.  

Now, it appears his tenure in the Oval Office will venture from the mainstream, but probably in a good way.

A constitutional way.

On a new website his transition team has created, he’s advocating for the 10th Amendment, the provision in the U.S. Constitution cited often by conservatives who believe the federal government has usurped rights the Founders meant for the states.

Under his plan to “make America great again,” he addresses constitutional rights.

“Donald Trump understands the solemn duty that comes from the oath of office – swearing to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ He embraces the fact that the reason the Founders of this nation decided to adopt a written Constitution as the supreme law of the land for the first time in world history was to create a democratic form of government in which ordinary people would know the powers of government and the rights of the people. That is why the Constitution’s 4,400 words were written in a way that ordinary Americans would read and understand them, and use a standard to hold public officials accountable.”

The statement continues: “As President, Donald Trump will fulfill that sworn duty, vetoing legislation that exceeds congressional authority, taking actions as chief executive and commander-in-chief that are consistent with his constitutional role, and nominating judges and Supreme Court justices who are committed to interpreting the Constitution and laws according to their original public meaning.

“He will defend Americans’ fundamental rights to free speech, religious liberty, keeping and bearing arms, and all other rights guaranteed to them in the Bill of Rights and other constitutional provisions. This includes the Tenth Amendment guarantee that many areas of governance are left to the people and the states, and are not the role of the federal government to fulfill. The Constitution declares that as Americans we have the right to speak freely, share and live out our beliefs, raise and protect our families, be free from undue governmental abuse, and participate in the public square. ”

The amendment states, “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 Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) lists about 30 specific powers granted to the federal government in the Constitution, although the number may change depending on how they’re counted:

  • To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence 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 an 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 Offences 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 provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
  • To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
  • 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.
  • No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it’s inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.
  • The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.
  • In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.
  • The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.
  • The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.
  • The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
  • Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records, and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.
  • New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union;
  • The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
  • The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress
  • The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment…
  • The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
  • The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

Those who read the language plainly point out that there’s no federal authority for an Environmental Protection Agency, a Department of Education and many other agencies through which Washington exercises authority over the states.

The argument was used against Obamacare, with critics protesting that the federal government doesn’t have the authority to force all citizens to buy a consumer product.

The 10th Amendment, however, has been discussed little by federal politicians. Those most likely to cite it routinely are classified as “protesters,” “patriots” or “sovereign citizens,” by the federal government.

The TAC’s Michael Boldin wrote: “When it comes to limits of federal power under the Constitution, the view of many Founding Fathers fits under the same theme. That is, federal acts outside of the Constitution are null and void. Oliver Ellsworth, the Supreme Court’s third chief justice, put it this way during the ratification debates: ‘If the United States go beyond their powers, if they make a law which the Constitution does not authorize, it is void.’”

Boldin noted that in 1798, Thomas Jefferson “wrote that ‘whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.’”

“It’s my opinion that no one in their right mind should expect the federal government to limit itself. This also includes the federal courts, a branch of the federal government. And, as I noted in my July 2013 column at Personal Liberty, ‘voting the bums out’ hasn’t been a good strategy either. In other words, if you have a problem with the federal government, you need something outside the federal government to stop it. That would be the states and the people,” he wrote.

Trump also outlined on his site his plans for defense, national security, immigration, a border wall, energy independence, tax reform, regulatory reform, trade reform, education, transportation and infrastructure, financial services reform and health-care reform.


9 thoughts on “Trump Transition Web Site Gives Lengthy Mention of “10th Amendment”

  1. This article/declaration has so many lies, errors, holes and misconceptions in it that you could drive a bus filled with illegal aliens right on in.
    The continued stupification of the masses is continuing.
    How dare this writer refer to the Constitution while using words like “A democracy”!
    And elevating the Federal Constitution over each States Constitution.
    And reversing the use of State and people to imply the opposite.
    Simply speaking, the Fed Constitution was born from the conglomerate of the 48 then 50 states. Not the other way around.
    Each state retains it’s own sovereignty. BUT, each state is an unliving entity so to speak which is given it’s operational life from the living people.
    Correct me if I’m wrong. Every state constitution clearly states that the true power of each state remains with/from/in it’s people.
    Living people created their state governments, and these state gov’ts created the national federal government.
    Ipso facto, if I as one of the people can’t steal, rob, murder, etc.without being found guilty by 12 jurors for a crime, then I can not give or vote for the same or similar crime to be allowed by another.
    I’ve said for months now that regarding Trump, we’ll have to wait and see what he does.
    But, so far I’m not optimistic due to what I am seeing coming from his mouth, and this writing from his camp.
    Some words are costly and some are cheap.
    We will know them by their fruits.
    I don’t vote. Choosing the lesser of 2 evils isn’t an option for me. I won’t give any credence to these bread and circus shows.
    Naming a republic a democracy is like calling a cat a dog. Or, light darkness.

  2. SSDD.
    I’m fairly certain that the spooks are in charge of the Tenth Amendment Center.
    Like how they write down the “ten miles square” bit, but then don’t bother to point it out to anybody. It’s right there. You wrote it down. TEN MILES SQUARE!
    You b!tches.
    No mention of Article 9 either. It’s always about Article 10.
    Every time I see the words “Center” or “Institute” or “Foundation” I just think spooks. The CIA is running it. It’s all about the misdirection.

    1. Agreed, outside of the commerce clause 99% of the enumerated powers apply ONLY to 10 square miles of the district of Columbia and the corporation, as stated , The United States, not the union of the several states.

  3. “The argument was used against Obamacare, with critics protesting that the federal government doesn’t have the authority to force all citizens to buy a consumer product.”

    The only way any American was “forced” to buy health insurance by the feds was if they enjoy filing fraudulent taxes to a fraudulent Puerto Rico company called the IRS.

    Get the fraud out of your life and be amazed at how free you become.

  4. Meanwhile in another galaxy, has the Trumpraeli publicly come out and retracted his support of “Stop and Frisk” which he boldly proclaimed was a great tool for law enforcement..u can’t support that and in the same breath claim u support the bill of rights… just more pablum for the ignorant masses…they know it, & they know we know it…!!

  5. Ask a police officer to recite the constitution that he swore to uphold. He cannot, because he does not know it and therefore cannot uphold what he (the liar) swore too. The first and most important requirement of a police officers training should be to know the constitution and to have the backbone to question and standup to his superiors when asked to violate it whether it be unlawful search and seizure, DUI road blocks or border inspection stop 60 miles from the border, demanding ID and the detaining of a citizen without a crime having been committed, etc…. He has become the government enforcer of their corrupt and unconstitutional laws they pass to benefit those that pass the unconstitutional law, drain our pockets and further enslave the American people. Therefore I have no respect for those that enforce such laws to seize our money, property, destroy our constitution, take away our unalienable rights and enslave Americans through police intimidation, threats of violence and imprisonment, violence, brutality and the death of approx. 1,000 Americans per year via police shootings. They are terrorists and I do not, cannot, and I will not trust them. When they should be my friend they are not, but my enemy. They’re the government soldiers on the front lines destroying the constitution and the rights of “We The People”. America is only 5% of the world population, yet America has 25% of the worlds inmates, because it is a huge revenue machine for the government and rich elite. Money for contractors, the Kefee monopoly that bribes Washington and states governments, the bonds on inmatesthat are underwritten for large sums of money, slave labor the hurts the private sector, bribes to judges to fill up private prisons, judges that own or major stockholders of private prisons. Now that I have spoken truth I must be careful so as not to be harassed, attacked, or killed by the government enforcers when I leave my home. So much for freedom of speech! PS: The government wants to make as many people as they can a felon so they can take away gun rights, even after someone has paid their so called debt to society they said they owed. If one is give a felony for smoking marijuana or some other nonviolent petty crime, they unconstitutionally take my gun and other rights away yet I must continue to pay unconstitutional taxes. You know what I’m pissed off again, fu#k you Washington you corrupt criminal sacks of shit, f#ck you!



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