A Colonial Pamphlet Helps Show Why the Constitution’s Necessary and Proper Clause Granted No Power
About Rob NatelsonIn private life, Rob Natelson is a long-time conservative/free market activist, but professionally he is a constitutional scholar whose meticulous studies of the Constitution's original meaning have been published or cited by many top law journals. (See: www.constitution.i2i.org/about/.) Most recently, he co-authored The Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause (Cambridge University Press) and The Original Constitution (Tenth Amendment Center). After a quarter of a century as Professor of Law at the University of Montana, he recently retired to work full time at Colorado's Independence Institute.
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Defects in the Supremes’ holding that the Obamacare penalty is a “tax”
even the version the courts apply today is a lot better than what some are threatening to do in Britain.
Rob Natelson on the eve of the Supreme Court’s decision over Obamacare’s individual mandate
In modern politics, the “extremists” are usually those labeling others with that word
One of the clearest messages from the American Founding was that the Constitution left regulation of private land within state boundaries to the exclusive prerogative of the states. This was an area completely outside the sphere of the federal government.
Rob Natelson on how to uncover the original legal force of the Constitution
The American Founders would have called this “corruption,” and they were keenly aware of the potential.
If you read the Constitution carefully, you’ll see that the document frequently uses the terms “officers” and “offices.”
the Founders expected the courts to void laws they found unconstitutional.
House Rules Committee: “Violate Your Oath No Matter How You Vote!” It’s a stunning betrayal of all those hardworking, pro-Constitution Americans who gave U.S. House Republicans their majority. Republicans controlling the House Rules Committee have added sweeping new mandates on the states to a bill repealing part of Obamacare. The result is revised H.R. 5. Just [...]
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