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Can government force you to eat broccoli?
The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | Andrew Napolitano

Posted on 03/30/2012 2:40:16 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan

This week, the Supreme Court measured Obamacare to see whether it fits within the confines of the Constitution. The big picture is whether the Constitution limits the behavior of the federal government to the plain meaning and historical context of the Constitution, or whether clever lawyers and politicians can interpret language in the Constitution so as to justify whatever Congress wishes to do. Does the Constitution mean what it says? Does it limit the federal government to the powers it has delegated to Congress? Or is it a blank check for Congress to do whatever it can get away with?

One of those delegated powers is the power to regulate interstate commerce. The language in the commerce clause authorizes Congress “to regulate” commerce among the states. When James Madison wrote that phrase, he and the other framers were animated by the startling lack of interstate commerce among the states under the Articles of Confederation. This was the period after the Revolution and before the Constitution when the merchants and bankers who had financed the Revolution also controlled the state legislatures. They were both creditors, because they had lent money to the state governments to finance the war, and debtors, because they now controlled the machinery of state government that owed them money.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: commerce; government; scotusocareanalysis

1 posted on 03/30/2012 2:40:19 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan
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To: trappedincanuckistan
that's it. let the media reduce your hard-won rights to silly anecdotes about green vegetables.

Meantime, your pocket's being picked clean.

2 posted on 03/30/2012 2:42:41 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: trappedincanuckistan

I’m still trying to choke down the peas and now Barry wants me to eat brocolli? What’s up with that fool?


3 posted on 03/30/2012 2:43:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time to WEAN the government off of our money.)
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To: trappedincanuckistan; ExSoldier; blackie; LucyT; ExTexasRedhead; Nachum
Can government force you to eat broccoli?

Have they gone through children's home-packed school lunches and forced children to eat chicken nuggets instead?

4 posted on 03/30/2012 2:44:15 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: trappedincanuckistan

There still after Bush 41.....sheesh


5 posted on 03/30/2012 2:44:36 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

No, but mom can.


6 posted on 03/30/2012 2:45:19 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Vaquero

Oooopps that’’s

‘They’re’


7 posted on 03/30/2012 2:47:21 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

George H.W. Bush once famously said, “I’m President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!”

If that is what it takes to get out of eating broccoli, no wonder Barack Hussein Obama aspired to the office.


8 posted on 03/30/2012 2:49:06 PM PDT by alloysteel (College "education" may be the worst mischief to be inflicted upon the next generation.)
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To: trappedincanuckistan; a fool in paradise

Don’t you miss Papa Ihatebroklee Bush?


9 posted on 03/30/2012 2:49:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

I love broccoli- if it has cheese sauce on it.


10 posted on 03/30/2012 2:50:08 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Forcing you to buy broccoli or join a gym, is a gift of benevolence from the federal government. According to Elena Kagan we should fall on our faces and thank the federal government for tellins us how to spend our own money!!!


11 posted on 03/30/2012 2:52:41 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: trappedincanuckistan
If Congress can compel you to buy health insurance because that’s good for you and for the country’s economic health, he asked, can it force you to eat broccoli? And if it can, what is the value of having a Constitution that was written to limit the government’s powers?

Scalia must have missed Ginsberg's email that Constitution was old and outdated and that the POTUS and Congress have already trashed it.

12 posted on 03/30/2012 2:52:49 PM PDT by bgill
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To: trappedincanuckistan; All

13 posted on 03/30/2012 2:53:51 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: alloysteel

I hope they both get Pancreatic Cancer, avoiding greens is a great start.


14 posted on 03/30/2012 2:55:27 PM PDT by politicianslie (Obama: America's first Muslim POTUS, Obamainism: Trickle up poverty)
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To: trappedincanuckistan
Can the government force you to eat broccoli?

Not now, however after the election, an Obama government might have more... ahem..."flexibility" over what (and how much) you eat.

And, when the inevitable super-inflation crushes the Obama/Bernanke economy, we might find ourselves eating whatever morsels we can get our hands on (broccoli included).

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15 posted on 03/30/2012 2:55:38 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: the invisib1e hand

They can try...under Commiecare if broccoli is determined to be good for your health, AND Fed. money is funding your “free” care...why not? And they can try to PREVENT you from eating barbecue, hamburgers, french fries, etc. Remember it’s THEIR money (which was stolen from you to begin with, of course;) DEFEAT OBAMACARE!!!


16 posted on 03/30/2012 3:10:20 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: MamaDearest

“Have they gone through children’s home-packed school lunches and forced children to eat chicken nuggets instead?”

Have they forced restaurants to serve meals with less if no salt?

Has schools removed candy and soda machines and put in good stuff like Monsters and Red Bull?


17 posted on 03/30/2012 3:16:04 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: trappedincanuckistan
If Obamacare survives the Supreme Court, they may not be able to force you to eat brocoli but they can force you to buy it. And, anything else they think is good for you or the country or force you to pay the tax-fine!

The next "phase II" Obamacare legislation is what will give them the power to force you to eat it or anything else they think is good for you or the country or face criminal charges.

Remember and remember well, the Left NEVER stops advancing government power and control.

18 posted on 03/30/2012 3:31:44 PM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

They can probably make you eat broccoli; they’ve already banned trans-fats in NYc, now they just have to ban everything else except broccoli. Soon Big Macs in NYC will be made from a pattie of broccoli, sandwiched between 2 other patties of broccoli; it will have a special sauce on it, which will be broccoli squeezings.

You’ll have gas that will make you miss the OLD Big Macs...


19 posted on 03/30/2012 3:41:01 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

I miss the old apple pies.


20 posted on 03/30/2012 3:44:55 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

I only get the sausage biscuit on the $1 menu in the morning (no egg or cheese - still can’t be beat for $1). The sausage McGriddle sandwich is good, but probably twice as expensive.

As I get older any fast food from the “regular” (non-breakfast) menus makes me throw up about 20 minutes after eating it. When I was younger we seriously had it like once per year (large family - couldn’t afford it). Once I was working I pigged out on it, and since I was about 35 years old (a few years ago) I couldn’t stand it anymore. I work near a Burger King, a McDonalds, a White Castle, a KFC, and I still prefer a deli sandwich or empanada to that crap; I guess this is what happens when we get old...


21 posted on 03/30/2012 3:50:24 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: patriot08

I love broccoli, but take mine lightly steamed emerald green but still crisp. A light dusting of Lite salt on it and I could eat of pound of it. We have it a couple times a week, in spite of the obama’s. No cheese sauce since it covers the broccoli flavor.

However, anything tastes good with cheese sauce. Probably even dog poop. But I’ve never tried that.


22 posted on 03/30/2012 5:42:08 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Frank_2001
omg. imagine. it's like Michelle Obama being the the waitress at every restaurant you go to.

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23 posted on 03/30/2012 5:42:57 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Right Wing Assault

No cheese sauce since it covers the broccoli flavor.

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Maybe that’s why I can eat it. LOL


24 posted on 03/30/2012 5:45:54 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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