The Preamble of the Constitution and The Balance of Power
The clause allows for the growth of the government. The "necessary and properaE clause goes back to the feeling of the framers not wanting to give a lot of power to the president, because this clause gives congress to act. The government is very much so a system of enumerated powers. A perfect example of this lies within Section 2 of Article 2. This section outlines the specific roles of the president. It says that the president is the commander of the armed forces and has the power to appoint justices and ambassadors after consulting with the senate. The main function of the "necessary and properaE clause is to give congress the power to act. On the other hand some may see this as an opportunity for congress to overstep its bounds. The balance of power helps nullify this occurrence somewhat.
On the subject of the role that an energetic government should play, both Madison and Jefferson offer very valid and varying viewpoints. On the side that an energetic government can be bad ther