PP.76-77 I am regularly told my ‘Never Again’ holding my nose attitude to avoid electing wishy-washy, moderate Republicans will harm the country. I offer an example from the 1940’s as to why we must all Never Again or we are doomed…
The Supreme Court’s decision in Wickard v. Filburn is a perfect encapsulation of the explosion of federal powers that occurred in the 1940’s. In Wichard, a farmer, Roscoe Filburn, grew wheat for personal use. The wheat was not sold to anyone the federal government, intent on driving up the price of wheat, had imposed restrictions on how much wheat could be grown by farmers on tehir own land. Filburn exceeded the limits by growing some wehat to feed his livestock. The government’s argument, that the Supreme Court ultimately bought, was that Filburn would have purchased wheat if he was not growing his own. In other words, after Wickard, the federal government had the power to restrict a person’s use of his private property to grow his own food for his own use. If the federal government has that power, it has nearly unlimited power.
The crescendo of expansionist legal Gnosticism came full circle during the 2010 confirmation hearings of then Solicitor General Elena Kagan. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked a simple question: “If I wanted to sponsor a bill, and it said, ‘Americans, you have to eat three vegetables and three fruits–every day.’ And I got it through Congress and it’s now the law of the land. Gotta do it. Does that violate the commerce clause?…Do we have the power to tell people what they have to eat every day?” Elana Kagan’s answer? “Senator Coburn…I…it’s…uh…”
We will NEVER get Wickard v. Filburn reversed. If we do not, now, stand up and say Never Again, we will continue to slip more and more into a despotic form of government under which elections are a sham of a panacea allowed solely to keep the Unwashed Masses from riot and rebellion.