Justice Clarence ThomasJustice Clarence Thomas, (1948- ) U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Justice Clarence Thomas Quote

“If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything ... quilting bees, clothes drives, and potluck suppers throughout the 50 States.”

Justice Clarence ThomasJustice Clarence Thomas
~ Justice Clarence Thomas

dissenting in Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005), with respect to federal regulation of marijuana that had never been sold, had never crossed state lines, and had no effect on the national market

Ratings and Comments

jim k, Austin, Tx

Along with OSHA, the EPA, and a host of other bureaus, they can and do regulate nearly everything now.

E Archer, NYC

The original purpose of the Commerce Clause in the Constitution was to prevent States from putting tariffs on goods from other States. It is now used to justify national programs and legislation to force any State and all people to do as Washington says.

J Carlton, Calgary

Just another aspect of the Constitution that has been twisted until it was just another tool of control and extortion.


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