The source of progressives’ power grab:
the Commerce Clause

The progressives have spent decades usurping power from individuals and the states and placing it under the control of the federal government. They’ve done it incrementally so most people haven’t felt much of an impact in their day to day lives. Consequently, millions of Americans didn’t realize how badly their rights had been eroded until President Obama came into office and tossed incrementalism out the window.  With the president’s health care and financial reforms alone, the federal government helped itself to a controlling interest of everyday American life.

How did progressives usurp so much control? Through the judicial system and the progressive judges’ Grand Canyon-esque interpretation of the Commerce Clause. Reason TV produced an educational video that explains in plain language the legal decisions that put our country on its current trajectory of government control of the US economy. It also lays out clearly the two diametrically opposed interpretations of the Commerce Clause that have been slugging it out in court for decades. One interpretation says it was never meant to be used to regulate the economy inside the individual states, but was meant to ensure the free flow of products through the states. The other interpretation says the commerce clause gives the federal government broad authority “to regulate all aspect of the economy.”

Let me repeat that. According to progressives, the commerce clause says the federal government has the authority to regulate, another word for control, all aspects of the economy. Watch:

The people who believe the commerce clause gives the federal government broad powers to regulate all aspects of America’s economy are the same people who believe government can and should control all aspects of  American life as well. They are America’s ruling elites, the progressives whose belief system is entrenched in a collectivist ideology.

The collectivism that drives the progressives’ philosophy that government has the right to regulate, or control, all aspects of the economy is a very short walk to the kind of ideology that allowed for the control that communist countries such as the former Soviet Union exercised over their economies. The Soviet Union controlled all aspects of its nations’ economy via bureaucratic fiat. Life was not very pleasant for those on the receiving end of this control.

My kids’ babysitter and good friend came to America several years ago from Belarus, a former Soviet satellite state.  We spent many afternoons when her babysitter duties were done talking about what her life was like growing up in Russia. I am fascinated by the stories she tells because the contrasts between her life then and her life now are so significant. On one occasion she told me about a day when she, her sisters, and their mother went to the grocery store. Remember, products and food weren’t produced and shipped by privately owned companies incentivized to be as efficient and reliable as possible in order to earn a profit, as is the case in free market economies; rather, production and distribution of absolutely everything, i.e. all aspects of the economy, were dictated solely by the Kremlin.

So when my friend and her family walked into the store, they stopped dead in their tracks and stared. There  was nothing to buy but rows and rows of… canned seaweed.

You read that right. There was nothing but canned seaweed.  The memory of those days back in Soviet Russia must have still been painful for her because she choked up a bit in the retelling of the story, but we both laughed when she talked about how creative her mom and her friends’ mothers had to be trying to come up with breakfast, lunch, and dinner for weeks using only seaweed as their main dish.

The Los Angeles Times published this November 30, 1990 article in which it detailed the impact that the break down of the Soviet Union’s government-controlled food production and distribution systems had on its citizens. It even included a story about stores carrying nothing but canned seaweed.

Jeff L writes in the comments:

and? Who cares what happened in the USSR in the 80’s?

Kim is insinuating that what happened in the USSR is going to happen here.
That is truly glorious bullshit indeed.

I have no idea if this will happen here; I pray to God it doesn’t. But I’d like to know what Jeff thinks “regulate all aspects of the economy” means. The issue could be that he doesn’t know what it means. Perhaps this will help:

Regulate: control something by rules or laws: to organize and control an activity or process by making it subject to rules or laws

All: used to indicate that the whole of an amount, area, quantity, or thing is involved or affected

Aspects: one side or part: a facet, phase, or part of a whole

Economy: financial affairs: the production and consumption of goods and services of a community regarded as a whole

So, put that together and this is what you’ve got. When the gentleman wearing the glasses in the video said the Commerce Clause gives the federal government the authority to “regulate all aspects of the economy,” this is what he means: the federal government has the authority to organize and control by rules or laws every facet, phase, or part of the production and consumption of goods and services in the United States.

If this does not scare you, then you are either stupid or lying.

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