“This government is acknowledged by all…

“This government is acknowledged by all, to be one of enumerated powers.”

— Justice John Marshall
(1755-1835) US Supreme Court Chief Justice
Source: McCulloch v. Maryland

“If any state in the Union will declare that it prefers separation…
to a continuance in union… I have no hesitation in saying,
‘let us separate.’ “

— Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source: letter to W. Crawford, June 20, 1816

“We start with first principles. The Constitution
creates a Federal Government of enumerated powers.”

— William H. Rehnquist
Chief Justice, U. S. Supreme Court
Source: United States v. Lopez