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March 11, 2017 at 11:35 am #21018
Slavery is barred by the 13th Amendment, so yes, the Federal Government has a rightful role in that area.
In general, as Jefferson wrote in his famous memorandum on Hamilton’s Bank Bill (1791), the underlying principle of the Constitution is that the Federal Government has only the few powers delegated to it via the Constitution. Other matters are to be addressed by government, if at all, at the state level.