Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 9, 2011, 1:23 p.m. EST by theaveng
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My answer is no.
There is a whole host of proofs that the original Authors of the Constitution never intended the U.S. government to be an entity of near-limitless powers. Instead the central government is given a FEW powers (specifically enumerated) while most powers are reserved to the Member States and their legislatures (duly elected by the people).
Basically the U.S. Union was organized the same way the European Union is presently organized..... the central EU government is limited in power while most powers are still retained by its member states. Just in case that was unclear, the U.S. Founders added these two sentences to the Constitution: The rights listed shall not be construed to deny other rights reserved to the people. And: The powers not given to Congress are reserved to the State legislatures and the People respectively.
So. "No." The individual states have that power, but the Congress does not. They can't force fat people to join weight watchers. Or buy a hybrid car. Or a solar roof. Or any other product.
The Supreme Court Justices will be making their decision on the matter in just a short while. I am hoping they agree with my position, because if they say "yes" then it means the loss of liberty for individual citizens. No longer will we be a people free to run our own lives, but serfs to the Congressmen ~1000 miles away in DC.
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