US Constitution gives the US government authority over nothing except the military and interstate commerce isn't that correct?

I have read the constitution many times and do not understand how the us government has expanded it's authority into so many areas. 

8 Answers

  • 7 months ago

    No, that is not correct.

    The U.S. Constitution also gives the U.S. government authority over Duties, Imposts and Excises, the national debt, Commerce with foreign Nations, Commerce with the "Indian" (Native American) Tribes, even when it is not interstate, Naturalization, Bankruptcies, the value of coins (both foreign and domestic), the Standard of Weights and Measures, counterfeiting, Post Offices and post Roads, patents and copyrights, Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, Offences against the Law of Nations, declarations of War, Letters of Marque and Reprisal, Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water, everything in the capital district (Washington, DC), etc.

    And that's just in one section.

    Source(s): Article 1, Section 8.
  • 7 months ago


    See Article 1, Section 8, clause 1:

    That contains this:

    ... and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States;

    The "General welfare" part give the government both the obligation and the authority to do whatever is needed in many fields - eg. everything from providing general healthcare to controlling crime and preventing the spread of disease, among many other things.

    It would not be that far a stretch to loosely compare the implications of the constitution "general welfare" requirement to the authority and obligations of care parents have over their children; they have to look after them and try to ensure they are healthy, at the same time disciplining or punishing then when appropriate, stopping them hurting themselves or each other.

    Link to the text of the US constitution:

  • 7 months ago

    Not exactly but that is the main focus 

    Wage war and build roads.

  • 7 months ago

    I'm trying to figure out if your question concerns "what the constitution says" or "what authority is given to the government by the constitution". 

    The constitution says much more than just the two items you mention, for example, the Post Office. 

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  • John W
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    There is a part in the Constitution that states that anything not covered in the Constitution that the individual states retain the rights to rule on them. This is what gets twisted into gerrymandering, abortion being legal in some states and illegal in others, marijuana laws, and a plethora of other things.

  • 7 months ago

    Yes, that assessment is not far off. We have a long history of people who want to control other people finding ways to circumvent the Constitution.

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    The Constitution allows Congress and POTUS to pass laws. 

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    its time for a replacement

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