What States Can’t Do; Section 10 of Article 1

Remember my post on the Tenth Amendment and State’s Powers? Section 10 defines what powers the States gave the Federal Government. As in they agreed, not that the government took from them. Lets begin.

No State shall enter into any TreatyAlliance, or Confederation;

Arkansas cannot make a treaty with Mexico or join the United Nations by itself.

grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal;

Or hire mercenaries to invade Mexico.

coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;

A State can’t print its own money, or something in the place of money. They can use gold or silver as payment of debts.

pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, orLaw impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

Remember when we learned of this a few weeks back, about no laws that are retroactive or single out a group? States cannot do that either. Or getting in the way of people fulfilling a contract. And no royalty in the State either. Sadly, I’ll never be King.

This is part of what State’s can’t do by Contract (The Constitution) as long as they’re part of the United States. We’ll continue to explore Section 10 next week.


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