Pubdate: Thu, 16 Jun 2005
Source: Eagle-Tribune, The (MA)
Copyright: 2005 The Eagle-Tribune
Author: Richard  Driscoll
Cited: Gonzales v. Raich ( )


To the editor:

Monday, June 6, was the day that the U.S. Supreme Court abolished state
government in this nation.

In their ruling on medicinal marijuana they have sealed the fate of the 50
states and relegated them to the dust bin. For years  the interstate
commerce clause of the Constitution has been twisted and distorted to permit
the federal government to insert its nose, then its foot and  now its whole
body into local matters in a way our Founding Fathers in their wildest
dreams could not imagine.

Our U.S. Constitution states that all powers not specifically granted to the
federal government are reserved to the states and the people.

Now the Supreme Court has found a way to invalidate this safeguard.

Any day now we can expect the federal government to regulate and license and
tax local yard sales, pot luck suppers and the type of lawn you may have at
your home. If  you were to hold a "bean supper" to raise money for your
local church, it now  comes under federal regulation because even though the
beans were grown in New  Hampshire, the event is being held in New Hampshire
and all the people involved live in New Hampshire, the good judges will find
that the event comes under the  interstate commerce clause because persons
attending the bean supper would not  be attending a "fish fry" on Cape Cod
and thus the event affects interstate  commerce.

On the plus side however we can now do away with 50 state legislatures and
save a ton of money.

God bless America.


Plaistow, N.H.
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