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The Constitution defines what the federal government can do. This is supposedly all that the federal government can do. All else is left to the states to govern themselves. For example, the original purpose of the federal government was to wage war if necessary to protect the people in the states - it was all about the people.

The federal government has found two ways to intrude into the freedoms guarranteed tot he people by the Constitution.

1. The federal government issues mandates for the states to follow. If the states don't do it, the fed cuts off money used for mutual benefit, such as highway funds. Keep in mind that all money in the USA comes from the people's taxes - so the fed threatens to refuse to use the money taken from the people to benefit the people in any state that refuses to go along.

2. The federal government is allowed to regulate interstate commerce, just as the FBI is allowed to investigate interstate crime, but not crime within a state. Lately the congress and the fed have sought to re-define what interstate commerce is in order to gain more power over, and take freedom from, the people.

Obamacare is an example. Explanation of Obamacare: You go into a 7-11 store. The clerk asks you, "do you want to buy a coke ?". You say "No, thanks". Then the clerk says, "That will be 10 cents tax. Please pay me or I will call a federal marshall !". Is this interstate commerce? Has freedom beed taken ?

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Q: Why has the power to regulate interstate commerce become such an important power of congress?
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What activities can Congress regulate under the commerce powers?

First: Congress may regulate the use of the channels of interstate commerceSecond: Congress is empowered to regulate and protect the instrumentalities of interstate commerce, or persons or things in interstate commerce, even though the threat may come only from intrastate activitiesThird: Congress' commerce authority includes the power to regulate those activities having a substantial relation to interstate commerce... i. e., those activities that substantially affect interstate commerce

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Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution assigns that authority to Congress in the "Interstate Commerce Clause."

Who has the Power to Regulate Interstate Commerce?

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution assigns that authority to Congress in the "Interstate Commerce Clause."

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Does congress have the power to regulate both interstate and foreign commerce?

While there is a fine line between regulation and control, the Constitution gives congress authority over interstate commerce in Article I, Section 8, the Interstate Commerce Clause. In order to exercise this authority, the government must have a legitimate reason for passing regulations affecting interaction between the states.

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The Constitution vested Congress with the authority to regulate trade with other nations, between the states, and with Native American Tribes in the Interstate Commerce Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3).

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congress, Article 1 Section 8 Clause 3, "this claus, the Commerce Clause, gives Congress the power to regulate both foreign and interstate trade. Much of what Congress does, it does on the basis of its commerce power."

What power of congress ensure that a gallon measure is the same in each state?

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