Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Constitution Doesn't Lend Itself to Small Government

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Constitution Doesn't Lend Itself to Small Government

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Nicholas Liberto's letter (April 9, "Congress Needs to Pay Heed to the 10th Amendment") referred to the Second and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

He claims the Constitution "was constructed . to limit what the federal government had the power to do." He is wrong.

In 1787, Congress convened a constitutional convention to give more power to the federal government because the Articles of Confederation weren't strong enough. Rather than reading documents about the Constitution, Mr. Liberto should read the actual document. All of it.

The six purposes of the Constitution are clearly stated in the Preamble:

"We the People of the United States, in Order toform a more perfect Union,establish Justice,insure domestic Tranquility,provide for the common defense,promote the general Welfare, andsecure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. …

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