“When states and local communities take the lead on policy, the people are that much closer to the policymakers, and policymakers are that much more accountable to the people. Few Americans have spoken with their president; many have spoken with their mayor.” ~ 10th Amendment Center
Many of the Founding Fathers were worried that the constitution would lead to a powerful Federal government. They had just fought a costly war to throw off the chains of a strong centralized government and did not want to have another one established to replace it. The 10th amendment made it clear that there were strong limits on the Federal government, leaving the majority of the governing powers with the States and, most importantly, the people themselves. This amendment has been mostly ignored since the time of Lincoln and that’s a terrible shame. With this power, the States can unite and nullify unconstitutional laws passed by the Federal government:
“ Nullification is premised on the legal, government, and constitutional principle that any law passed without a proper grant of authority is null and void, and unenforceable. Nullification is the inherent right and duty of every State to declare when the federal government (their creation) has exceeded the bounds of authority delegated to it under the Constitution and then to refuse to allow that law to be enforced within its borders.” ~ 10th Amendment Center
Tempered and judicious use of these powers by the States will help the People reign in the bloated mess we have allowed to be created in Washington D.C.