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    Government only has the powers expressly granted to it by the people in its formation and, over time, by enacting additional laws through legitimate representatives of the people.

    In the United States Constitution, the Tenth Amendment states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This reflects the importance of limited government to the people at the time it was written, and the fear that a government will attempt to claim powers for which the people haven’t consented.

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