The relevance of this election, like most, is embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Either we have a government that plays by the law of the land, or one that makes the rules as it goes along. The federal government, according to the Constitution, has various powers among which is the ability to tax, raise an army, print money, deal with foreign nations and regulate interstate commerce.
The clear message of the decision on the Affordable Care Act is that the commerce clause doesn’t give the federal government a blank check to pursue whatever folly its latest great minds fantasize about.
More shocking to James Madison, if he were to rise from the grave today, than automobiles, computers and rockets to the moon, would be the intrusion of Uncle Sam into an ever-increasing area of life that isn’t within its constitutional authority regarding the 10th Amendment — those powers not specifically granted to the federal government remain with the states and the people.
Those who govern are our employees; they work for us — the orders go in that direction, not the reverse.
Morton S. Corin, Hialeah