I’m currently reading The Constitution Made Easy (New York: Sterling, 2012) by Michael Holler. This morning I read the section on “Limited Government” in the introduction. Holler leads into the section with this quote from Federalist No. 33: “If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.”
I thought this passage was particularly timely because of recent events.
If it’s up to us, the people, to “redress the injury done to the Constitution,” we have to answer the following questions:
- What constitutes “tyrannical use” of the federal government’s powers?
- What standard have we formed?
- What measures do “exigency . . . suggest and prudence justify”?