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No principle was emphasized more vigorously during the Constitutional Convention than the necessity of limiting the authority of the federal government.
Not only was this to be done by carefully defining the powers delegated to the government, but the Founders were determined to bind down its administrators with legal chains codified in the Constitution. It will be recalled that one of the reasons many of the states would not adopt the original draft of the Constitution was that they feared the encroachments of the federal government on the rights of the states and the people.
The first ten amendments were therefore added to include the ancient, unalienable rights of Anglo-Saxon freemen so
there could be no question as to the strictly limited authority the people were conferring on their central government.
The Founders felt that by having a wholesome balance between the federal and state governments, the people would have recourse to one or the other in case of usurpation or abuse by either.
An excerpt from: The Five Thousand Year Leap .Written by: W.Cleon Skousen.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
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