Once again, Serfdom brings you another installment of “Pushing Back the Frontiers of Constitutional Ignorance. ” Today’s uninformed person in need of correction is Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, who said this today on CBS’s This Week:

Look, the commerce clause says you can not only regulate interstate activity, you can regulate intrastate activity when it’s part of a broad scheme and it’s necessary to do so.

Let’s go to the Actual Constitution, which says in Article 8:

The Congress shall have Power…To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

That’s it.  Nothing about “intrastate commerce” or “broad schemes” when “necessary to do so.”  Secondly, “regulation” certainly cannot be extended to mean “forcing a private citizen to purchase a product.”  As Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi suggested, why not force every citizen to buy a gun in the name of homeland security?

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