Quote of the Day


“When the people established the powers of legislation under their separate governments, they invested their representatives with every right and authority which they did not in explicit terms reserve; and therefore upon every question respecting the jurisdiction of the House of Assembly, if the frame of government is silent, the jurisdiction is efficient and complete.  But in delegating federal powers, another criterion was necessarily introduced, and the congressional power is to be collected,  not from tacit implication, but from the positive grant expressed in the instrument of the union.  Hence, it is evident, that in the former case everything which is not reserved is given; but in the latter the reverse of the proposition prevails, and everything which is not given is reserved.”

James Wilson – State House Address October 6, 1787

Can anyone tell me what Wilson is talking about here?