letter to William Johnson
June 12, 1823
Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding, and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties, which may make anything mean everything or nothing, at pleasure.
... The States supposed that by their tenth amendment, they had secured themselves against constructive powers.
* Jefferson warns against allowing the general government to invent new powers for itself beyond the letter of the constitution, using purposeful confusion to do so.
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