The States & Sovereignty
Part 1 –
Nation Or Sovereign States? Which Came First?
Part 2 –
National Supremacy Or Dual Sovereignty
There is a common misconception that the federal government is supreme in all things and that the states are little more than irrelevant boundaries on a map. However, this is not what the Constitution established, nor was it what the Founders envisioned when constructing it. Despite what some may say today, the State Governments retained sovereignty and powers that could not be encroached upon by the Federal Government. The following video provides an overview, using the Founders’ own words, of how powers were to be distributed between the Federal and State Governments under the Constitution. It is crucial to understand the distribution of power and sovereignty between the federal and state governments to fully appreciate the nature of the federal system of government established by the Constitution.