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1 point

They can "place/collect unfair taxes on whatever they please"? Where did you read this? There are limitations as to what they can tax. Clause 4 states: "No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken." The government definitely doesn’t have free range. They also need to gain the trust of the citizens, so unnecessary taxes wouldn't be practical. These new taxing powers are crucial to government funding because states used to have a choice about giving the government money. A government needs money in order to function.

2 points

You say "Congress has only the powers listed in the Constitution's Article 1, Section 8." This may be true, but there are ways to get powers outside of those listed. For instance, what if the Congress says something is necessary and proper but it violates our unlisted rights? Because of the Necessary and Proper Clause they are aloud to do this. However, if we had these rights listed in The Bill of Rights they couldn't even if it was "necessary and proper."

3 points

You're saying that a standing army is needed for "protection form outside powers." Wouldn't you consider our militias defeated the British troops in the American Revolution protecting outside powers? If our militias are capable of getting the job done themselves, there is no need to add a standing army. You also said that the will "help enforce the laws to help domestic issues." What if for instance, they are told to go enforce a law they don't agree with and refuse. Then you go to the standing armies. Do you want people to fear our government?

2 points

“No state can emit paper money lay any duties, or imposts, on imports or exports, but by the consent of the Congress.” Once again you’re giving our powers to the Congress and this time states’ taxing power! Tariffs are an important source of money for our state governments. The only other tax left to states is property. So instead of taxing our citizen’s french perfume, you’re want me to tax their tomato patches?

3 points

A standing army is not necessary. The saying goes “if it’s not broke don’t fix it.” Have our militias failed us yet? In 1775, local militias independently defeated British troops in the American Revolution. By having militias, we are relying on our own citizens, keeping our republics small. In Shay’s rebellion for example, the militia refused to fight the farmers because they knew it wasn’t right. Militias stick up for what’s right because they are ordinary citizens.

2 points

We need a Bill of Rights. The Necessary and Proper Clause gives Congress the power “to make laws that should be necessary and proper.” This is too broad and gives the government the ability to invade the rights of the citizens. It is inevitable that without The Bill of Rights, our liberties will be taken away. The Bill of Rights is crucial in protecting the promised liberties of the people. The 2nd amendment for example, states that the government cannot force people to allow soldiers to live in their homes. Another example is the 8th amendment protecting citizens from excessive fines and punishments.

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