Contest Question:

In The Powers Delegated to the Federal Government Are Few and Defined: The Doctrine of Enumerated Powers, Roger Pilon states:


Plainly, the Framers wanted to limit the federal government to certain enumerated ends, leaving most matters in the hands of the states or the people themselves. In fact, that point was made perfectly clear when the Bill of Rights was added two years after the Constitution was ratified. The Tenth Amendment states that, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Where the federal government has no power, the states or the people themselves have a right.


To what extent, if any, is the federal government restricted by the powers enumerated under Article 1 of the Constitution of the United States in the regulation of ONE of the following: voting rights, marijuana, or the environment?

Successful responses will likely include references to the essay, and to the Federalist Papers themselves. Responses will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Content
    • Comprehension of question
    • Responsiveness to question
    • Historical Accuracy
    • Quality of Analysis
    • Reference to contemporary issues
  • Organization
  • Style (spelling, grammar, syntax, vocabulary, etc.)

Your response should be approximately 500 words as submissions are limited to a maximum of 3250 characters.

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