Show of HandsShow of Hands

Arkansas123 June 2nd, 2014 10:06pm

In your view, do the president and Senate have the power to make treaties that enhance federal power at the expense of the states?

6 Liked

Comments: Add Comment

BusinessJustin Tamriel
06/02/14 5:42 pm

No, as a nation we need a unified voice. The federal government should be charged with making these decisions lest we divide ourselves.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/02/14 5:16 pm

Shouldn't. The constitution says it's the supreme law of the land and it establishes the barrier between state and federal power. I believe scotus, however, has interpreted treaties to trump federal and state law, but I don't know this for sure.

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
06/02/14 3:07 pm

Some constitutional scholars argue that the Tenth Amendment bars certain kinds of treaties.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/02/14 5:18 pm

I'm surprised at that. The tenth has always been considered a "truism" because it doesn't add anything new the constitution; it just clarifies what is already there, meaning the enumerated powers already limit federal authority.

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
06/02/14 5:45 pm

It's not so clear cut. During some time periods, people have called the Tenth Amendment a "truism."