Notes on the Commerce Clause: Madison at the 1787 Convention

CONVENTION OF 1787. Farrand, Max, ed. The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787.

The want of authy. in Congs. to regulate Commerce had produced in Foreign nations particularly G. B. a monopolizing policy injurious to the trade of the U. S. and destructive to their navigation; the imbecility and anticipated dissolution of the Confederacy extinguishg. all apprehensions of a Countervailing policy on the part of the U. States.

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DHS Raids Private Home, Seizes Car for Violating EPA Regs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acts everyday more like an autocratic government endowed with superpowers beyond anything every imagined by the men who framed our form of government. Consider this disturbing report filed by the Washington Times on August 1 about a DHS raid on a private residence in South Carolina to seize a car that couldn’t pass Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) muster.

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Yes on 9: Missouri Poised to Take a First Step Against Big Brother

On August 5th, Missouri voters have a chance to modernize their state Constitution by adding provisions that specifically protect electronic data and communications from warrantless spying, giving them the same constitutional position as “persons, houses, papers and effects.”

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West Virginia Democrat Suggests Turning off Power to Feds?

In federal elections, campaign ads from candidates of all political stripes have a tendency to be boisterous and full of big promises.  When a president’s popularity is high in a midterm election, people of the same party will boast of their association with him, while people of the other major party highlight their willingness to “reach across the aisle.”  When those same approval numbers are low, the opposition will strike, and fellow party members rush to paint themselves as different from the chief executive, so in some ways, the new campaign ad from West Virginia Secretary of State and US Senate candidate Natalie Tennant is nothing new.

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