NAPOLITANO: Can government force you to eat broccoli?

Andrew P. Napolitano
The Washington Times

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?…

…Justice Antonin Scalia reminded his colleagues during oral arguments this week that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and it means today what it meant when it was written and ratified. 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?

The entire article is at The Washington Times.

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UpdateSwingin’ Kennedy. The liberties of more than 300 million people hinge on just one man, by Mark Steyn.

Mark Steyn writes on NRO: Since the retirement of Sandra Day O’Connor, Swingin’ Anthony Kennedy has been the swingingest swinger on the Supreme Court, the big Numero Cinco on all those 5–4 white-knuckle nail-biting final scores. So naturally Court observers have been paying close attention…

H/T Constitutional Watchmen on Facebook.

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