Chad Perrin: SOB

5 November 2009

About the Interstate Commerce Clause

Filed under: Liberty — apotheon @ 05:27

from a reddit comment, by me:

Actually, there’s a clause in the Constitution that explicitly allows regulation by the federal government of interstate commerce, and it’s generally known (for obvious reasons) as the “interstate commerce clause”. That clause is responsible for more abuse of rights and liberties than almost anything else in the Constitution. It makes the eminent domain clause look positively harmless by comparison, for instance. The Supreme Court has upheld almost every single interstate commerce clause justification for an abuse of the citizenry that has come across its bench.

The interstate commerce clause needs to be drug out in the street and shotted fulla holes, then maybe run over six or eight times, before finally being kicked and cremated, and the ashes used to make toilet paper.

Maybe next time I won’t hold back so much.


  1. The only path to liberty I see involves eliminating both the commerce clause and general welfare clause.

    Comment by n8 — 5 November 2009 @ 05:31

  2. Oh, yes, indeed — and a few more, such as the above mentioned eminent domain clause, and the patent and copyright clause, and probably a few others.

    In fact, we should probably eliminate the vast majority of the Constitution that isn’t part of the Bill of Rights, and a clause or two from within the Bill of Rights.

    Comment by apotheon — 5 November 2009 @ 05:36

  3. I’m not sure that’s toilet paper I’d want to use.

    Comment by Mina — 5 November 2009 @ 10:34

  4. I can understand that. You wouldn’t want it to soil you.

    Comment by apotheon — 6 November 2009 @ 11:02

  5. Amen Brother!!! We have forgotten what freedom really means. As a people, we take all the abuse the Federal government hands out and then clamor for more! Our ancestors rebelled when the government taxed whiskey to pay for the Revolutionary War for crying out loud! Of course, it would help if our political dialogue focused on what powers the constitution grants the government and less on what we can get for “our” side. There are precious few politicians who ever touch the subject.

    Comment by Bobarino — 18 November 2009 @ 11:07

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