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CON‑2.B.1 (EK)

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what we're going to do in this video is talk a little bit more about federal powers versus estate powers and as we've mentioned in other videos this is a very relevant topic because even today you'll have Supreme Court decisions being decided based on citing different parts of the Constitution or various amendments that seem to give one power another more to the federal government or to the state government and another important appreciation is the balance of power or the shifts of power between federal and state it has historically changed over time so it isn't this fixed thing so in a previous video we talked about the enumerated powers that the Constitution gives the federal government in particular we have talked about the Commerce Clause that allows the federal government to regulate commerce among the several states which has turned out to be a much farther reaching power than maybe the drafters of the Constitution intended and then the thing that really gives power to even the enumerated powers is the Necessary and Proper Clause to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers and so this is what we talked about this Necessary and Proper Clause creates a lot of implied powers so you can imagine this isn't the Necessary and Proper Clause is not something that made the anti-federalists very happy they were worried about kind of power grabs by the federal government and so you have the Bill of Rights which are the first 10 amendments and the 9th and 10th amendment in particular are anti federalists attempt to limit the federal government's power so the 9th amendment says the enumeration in the constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people and even more important the 10th amendment and this is really speaking to federal versus state powers the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution so not delegated to the federal government nor prohibited by it the federal government to the states are reserved to the States respectively or to people and so you could view this as reserved powers for the states it's an anti federalists attempt to say hey you know the federal government can't just do whatever it wants it's trying to put a little bit of a check on the Necessary and Proper Clause so if you fast-forward to the period right after the Civil War you have the Thirteenth Amendment which bans slavery and then you have the 14th amendment which is trying to bring slaves into society allow them to be citizens not just them but their descendants and this is in direct contradiction of the 1857 Dred Scott decision that we'll talk about in other videos where the US Supreme Court ruled that slaves and their descendants are not considered American citizens and so they don't have a right to petition the government but the 14th amendment says all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside no State shall make or enforce any law and so this is actually putting constrains on States and so as we'll see even though this is in the context of the post-civil war era because it's putting constraints on States this is one of the amendments that's often cited that puts more power in the hands of the federal government no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States nor shall any state deprive any person of life liberty or property without due process of law nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws the Fourteenth Amendment has been very relevant in some very current debates this notion of that in any state no state can deprive any person of life liberty or property without due process of law this is often known as a due process clause and it's this idea that no state can really strip away some of the rights that might be articulated in say the Bill of Rights nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws this is often known as the Equal Protection Clause this is a you could view as a protection against some form of discrimination nation and so even in very current debates around things like abortion or same-sex marriage much of the debate will center around the 14th amendment