Amend the Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the US Constitution
  • Petitioned Limit the Federal Governments power and give it back to the US States.

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Limit the Federal Governments power and give it back to the US States.
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Amend the Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the US Constitution

    1. Curt Larson
    2. Petition by

      Curt Larson

      Hogansville, GA

Our federal government is too big, spends too much, taxes too much and continually flaunts its power not only internationally but in the face of its own people. If there was one thing that would better our economically failing, federally overbearing country it would be to re-write Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the constitution. Originally the Commerce clause was interpreted only to limiting state legislation that discriminated against interstate commerce. Then during the term of president Roosevelt, he coerced the court threatening to add more justices and 'court packing' the court to his favor when they decided against virtually ever part of his 'new deal'. This 'the switch in time that saved nine' was the beginning of the downfall of the limited powers of the Commerce Clause. Shortly thereafter we have Wickard v. Filburn which is the decision that recognized the unlimited power of the federal government to regulate any seemingly economic activity. I suggest that we re-write Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the constitution which currently simply reads "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;" and shorten it to "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and with the Indian Tribes;". Thus taking away the Federal Governments power to regulate Commerce among the several states.

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    2. Another sane argument in support of eliminating Interstate Commerce Clause

      Curt Larson
      Petition Organizer

      To put the action of eliminating the Interstate Commerce Clause in a little different light I would like to add that this action was predictable and several Supreme Court Justices have eluded to, at the least, that something like this could happen.

      On one end you have the strict constructionist view of the commerce clause simply regulating the states regulatory actions against another. At the other end of it's interpretation you have Gonzales v. Raich virtually eliminating any constraints. The ambiguity of the interpretation of the commerce clause is the reason it needs to be eliminated.

      There is nothing left in the debate other than the power of the Federal Government vs. the power of the States. There is nothing that Congress could do to better our union using it's power under the Interstate Commerce Clause that could not be better handled elsewhere in the constitution or it amendments, specifically the tenth and fourteenth, or that could be better handled specifically by the state

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    • Julie collins VALLEJO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I believe in the cause.

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    • Michael Perrone LOS ALTOS, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing this because liberty, freedom and human rights lost to federal power in gonzales vs raich. If regulating commerce can be stretched that far, then it can be coerced to provide legal cover for anything the government wants.

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