Ron Paul wins if Supreme Court strikes ObamacareSubmitted by DeMolay on Mon, 04/02/2012 - 15:13
BY MURRAY SABRIN
How did it get this far? Even a naturalized citizen like me and tens of millions of others who took an oath to uphold the Constitution can clearly see that the United States is no longer a constitutional republic with limited powers. Article I Section 8, which enumerates the federal government’s powers, has been ignored by Congress and the Supreme Court for nearly two centuries. Congress has passed laws that presidents from both major parties have signed that egregiously expanded federal power.
Cleverly, big government advocates have hung their hat on the Commerce Clause instead, which gives the federal government the power to “regulate” interstate commerce. By invoking the Commerce Clause, statists have created America’s unsustainable welfare state–Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc.
An accurate historical reading of the Commerce Clause turns this interpretation on its head. As Judge Napolitano has pointed out, the Founders wanted to make commerce “regular” in the fledgling republic by removing trade restrictions and other burdens so commerce could flow seamlessly between the states. In other words, the Commerce Clause was not intended to give the federal government open-ended power to interfere with business activity.