The Articles of the Confederation > the U.S. Constitution

That’s right, I said it.  The orignial governing document of these United States was superior to the present Constitution under which we labor.  Unless, of course, one’s goal is absolute supremecy of the central government instead of the people’s liberty.

There’s an interesting set of contradictory beliefs that Americans (conservative Americans, anyway) hold today:

Civic Belief #1: The Congress was given few specific powers. All else was left to the States and to the people under the 10th Amendment. Ample checks and balances protect the Republic from federal tyranny.

Civic Belief #2: The Federal Government has become so powerful only because despotic officials have overstepped their strict, constitutional bounds.

If #1 is true, then how did #2 happen?

“The Constitution has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent    it”.  
Lysander Spooner, No Treason (1870)

Of course, in the same vein, the AoC failed, because it could not prevent despotic officials from scrapping them and adopting a Constitution that created a more explicitly powerful central government.

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