"For the power given to Congress by the Constitution does not extend to the internal regulation of the commerce of a State (that is to say, of the commerce between citizen and citizen,) which remain exclusively with its own legislature; but to its external commerce only, that is to say, its commerce with another State, or with foreign nations, or with the Indian tribes."
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Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
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Opinion against the constitutionality of a National Bank, February 15, 1791
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So just how could the courts give the feds that power?
 -- T Cobb, Farmdale     
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    Corruption........Bribery. Look at how Obummer's Absurd Health Care Bill got through. It is time to take our country back!!! Obama=One-Big-Ass-Mistake-America
     -- L.P., Kirkland, WA     
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    The 16th ammendment and civil rights laws have destroyed everything our forefathers stood for. The federal government is even in personal commerce now.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    That one founding intent and lawful premise would eliminate over 90% of the statist theocracy now infesting this land. Mr. Obamunist Goodwrench the assassin's nationalization of so much of private industry, formally under State purview, only goes to show that the once State's United, organized as a representative republic, defined and limited by a Constitution of We The People, exists no more.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I am afraid the Constitution has not provided the necessary protection of itself from the very 'representatives' it charters. Even Jefferson could exercise no power to prevent unconstitutional legislation from being passed. It was not until he became president that he was able to kill the law that allowed for the first central bank in the US (about which this quote referred). If the powers-that-be need only restrain ONE man (the president) from enforcing the limits of the Constitution, then it matters not whether there is a Constitution at all. We have read dozens of quotes from the Founding Fathers denouncing the corruptions in their own lifetime of the Constitution and they were able to do nothing but offer words of warning to the People without even the power to stop the corruption themselves in their high positions. The intent of the Constitution was exemplary, but obviously lacking in the power to enforce its limitations of power on government officers. Our next crack at a free republic better have taken care of these flaws or else we shall create an even greater monster than we see today.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Anonymous      
     -- RBESRQ      
    Our government has paid little attention to the Constitution since the Lincoln administration and absolutely none now with Nancy and the gang in control.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    Congress could have over turned Jefferson. Checks and balances. The lack of people getting involed. And keeping the persons they sent in check, is the real problem. Freedom of the Press was suppose to do that. What happen to the Media over the years, is the most growing concern. A dishonest media that reports not the Truth. But chooses sides, sways the opinion of the people. Media in most cases have become imfomericals. We the people have been coneyfugle.
     -- David, Orlando     
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