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Dena WakeFollow

Level of Education

Undergraduate

Keywords

U.S. Constitution, government, limited power

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According to media outlets, the federal government has become the poster child for “Failure to Help the States” during this present crisis. It is nearly impossible to find an article or news segment that does not blame the federal government for the current pandemic. If the media is correct in blaming the federal government then why doesn’t the federal government just take over all COVID-19 related problems throughout the nation that would make everything easier according to the media. There are countless reasons why the federal government can’t take over, the ultimate reason being the Constitution, the law of the land. The Founders had experienced what happens when a government is given too much power and they determined that in this new country the states would never have to worry about the federal government coming in and taking over. Despite Congress trying to use the Commerce Clause to overstep, the federal government is still limited in their reach. Despite their best efforts, the Constitution and the Supreme Court continues to ensure that the federal government is handcuffed so the state governments are empowered to do their job.

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According to media outlets, the federal government has become the poster child for “Failure to Help the States” during this present crisis. It is nearly impossible to find an article or news segment that does not blame the federal government for the current pandemic. If the media is correct in blaming the federal government then why doesn’t the federal government just take over all COVID-19 related problems throughout the nation that would make everything easier according to the media. There are countless reasons why the federal government can’t take over, the ultimate reason being the Constitution, the law of the land. The Founders had experienced what happens when a government is given too much power and they determined that in this new country the states would never have to worry about the federal government coming in and taking over. Despite Congress trying to use the Commerce Clause to overstep, the federal government is still limited in their reach. Despite their best efforts, the Constitution and the Supreme Court continues to ensure that the federal government is handcuffed so the state governments are empowered to do their job.