Going Toe to Toe with Uncle Sam

2010 marked a huge political swing in the Tar Heel State with Republicans gaining control of both houses for the first time since the 1860’s. The Governors mansion is currently controlled by Gov. Beverly Perdue (D)  but is up for grabs in 2012 in a race that is already heating up.

One of the many freshman Republican members of the House is Glen Bradley. Glen is a former Marine, tireless defender of freedom, and someone who gets things done. In his short time of being in Raleigh he has introduced four 10th amendment related bills and is co-sponsoring others as well. One of Mr. Bradley’s latest bills is H240 NC Intrastate Commerce Act. The Act states in part:

All goods grown, manufactured, or made in North Carolina and all services performed in North Carolina, when such goods or services are sold, maintained, or retained in North Carolina, shall not be subject to the authority of the Congress of the United States under its constitutional power to regulate commerce among the several states.”

The bill is brief and to the point. It is very much unlike many of the long and superfluous bills we see coming out of Washington these days. Within the bill under the headline “Declarations” Glen takes head on the commonly held beliefs that congress has the power to regulate any and all commerce within North Carolina’s borders. Using the Federal Constitution as the guide for the bill we see that: