One of the ways the federal government expands its powers is simply by redefining words in the Constitution.

The word “commerce” is a perfect example. By changing the meaning of the word from “trade” to “any economic activity,” the feds have seized a virtually unlimited field of power. Understanding what words meant at the time of ratification is key to understanding the powers of the government

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The Commerce Clause

Three Supreme Court Cases that Twisted the Commerce Clause

New evidence on the “Power To . . . regulate . . . Commerce”

The Commerce Clause: Not a Micromanaging Tool

The Meaning of the Commerce Power and Congress’s and the Courts’ Use (And Abuse) Of It


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