James Madison: From Federalist Papers: No.45

James Madison
The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.

The people of each state compose a State, having its own government, and endowed with all the functions essential to separate and independent existence. Without the States in union, there could be no such political body as the United States...The preservation of the States, and the maintenance of their governments, are as much within the design and care of the Constitution as the preservation of the Union and the maintenance of the National government. The Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union, composed of indestructible States.

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