Federalist 23 1
Publius argues that the Constitution creates a government limited in the objects it can pursue, but largely free to choose the best means to achieve those ends.
December 18, 1787
The Necessity of a Government as Energetic as the One Proposed to the Preservation of the Union
The necessity of a Constitution, at least equally energetic with the one proposed, to the preservation of the Union is the point at the examination of which we are now arrived.
This inquiry will naturally divide itself into three branches—the objects to be provided for by a federal government, the quantity of power necessary to the accomplishment of those objects, the persons upon whom that power ought to operate ...