Chief Justice John Marshall on Federal Power

email Email

“We admit, as all must admit, that the powers of the Government are limited, and that its limits are not to be transcended. But we think the sound construction of the Constitution must allow to the national legislature that discretion with respect to the means by which the powers it confers are to be carried into execution which will enable that body to perform the high duties assigned to it in the manner most beneficial to the people. Let the end be legitimate, let it be within the scope of the Constitution, and all means which are appropriate, which are plainly adapted to that end, which are not prohibited, but consistent with the letter and spirit of the Constitution, are constitutional.”

Source:  McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819

email Email

Comments (3)

Leave a comment
  1. Ray Graham  •  Aug 23, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Is this a criticism of Mark Levin’s book, “The Liberty Amendments?” Who decides what is beneficial to the people? Does the legislature purposely pass laws in order to harm the people? Do we have to wait 20 or 30 years to see if the people were harmed?

  2. Gary  •  Aug 24, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    What on earth did that statement accomplish? In this day and age it seems platitudes work on every level. Does that statement show anything but words? Some ones education gave them the ability to sound educated. And that helps? Actions not words speak much louder. Constitution is more like constipated to most of em.
    Our government is now government by the government. And unfortunately the people are complicit in this. Obama has a miserable record before and after the election, and yet the so called people gave him another term. Obama care is social medicine, and our supreme court held it up…Does that really go hand in hand with the American experience? Liberalism, is akin to socialism, and next communism. And yet they are succeeding. So what commentary would you like to put on our direction now? The freedom this country values…at least on paper is in serious trouble. Republicans have no real clue how to stop this juggernaut. And I doubt seriously do you.
    The tea party’s message while spot on, made no inroads of any real substance. Our government is still out of control. Sandra Fluck got more airtime than millions of tea partiers.
    It may be a slow death, but it is coming. And the greatest nation on god’s green earth is probably now Israel. And it pains me to no end to even think that.

  3. Gary  •  Aug 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Oh dear , I missed the boat here. While what I said was true, I didn’t pay close enough attention to the source. The words mattered when the supreme court held the constitution as the standard, the government at that time did also. But those lines are so blurred now by ignoring those truths, that now we find ourselves in this nearly insurmountable mess.
    “It’s not constitutional” is going out the window as our leaders and those they mean to lead just don’t hold as fast now as they once did.

Tell Us What You Think

All fields required. The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. By using this website you agree to accept our Terms of Use.

Medhead - Michael Medved's Premium Content

Login Join
Advertise with us Advertisement

Follow Michael

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get Medved weekly movie reviews, columns, and special offers delivered to your inbox.


The Michael Medved Show - Mobile App

Download from App Store Get it on Google play
Michael Medved's History Store Also available on TuneIn