Fat Steve's Blatherings

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

"I am Shocked, Schocked! to discover you allow gambling in your establishment!"


      in Gonzales v. Raich (Duck & Cover! PDF!), The Supreme Court has done what anyone with brains would expect: ignored the Constitution.

  • The Supreme Court has authorized unconstitutional acts by Congress, under the guise of "commerce," since the 1930s.

  • Congress has passed unconstitutional drug laws since 1913.

  • The idea of a piece of parchment stopping the government from doing what the people want is idiocy.

In Detail:

      The Supreme Court rules that the Federal Government may, under the Interstate Commerce clause, regulate things that are plainly not commerce.  Apparently, some people are surprised by this.

      Now, as far as the decision is concerned, I agree with Thomas and the others who find it idiotic.  It's a ridiculous decision, from any honest point of view.

      But exactly the same thing has been going on for almost seventy years!  The government regulates the production of wheat as "interstate commerce," even when the wheat is not sold across state lines, and even when it isn't sold (or bartered) at all.  The majority opinion cites a 1942 case saying the same thing.

      And the specific case was about marijuana.  Since 1913, the U.S. govt. has made rules about drugs that completely ignore the constitutional limits on its powers.  Did anyone really expect them to stop now?

      In truth, the Constitution was effectively abrogated in 1803, with the Louisiana Purchase.  Wake up and smell the coffee, dudes.  The people know what they want, and they will get it.  The only way we could stop such things is by authorizing them: create a special procedure for Congress to do anything, provided it got a big supermajority or something.  Short of that, we'll pay lip service to the Constitution, and do whatever we please anyway.  Deal with it.



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