… is from page 122 of George Will’s splendid 2019 book, The Conservative Sensibility :
For about 150 years after the Founding, many political controversies at the federal level were apt to begin with debate about constitutional principle: Did the federal government’s enumerated powers entitle it to act on a particular subject? Only after this debate came the policy discussion. Today, almost nobody in either the legislature or executive branch believes that there is any subject, any sphere, from which the federal government is constitutionally excluded.
DBx: So true. So unfortunate. So very dangerous.