Our friend Tom Krannawitter shares a few thoughts on Conservative’s constitutional confusion.
Hey, Republicans and “conservatives” suing Colorado for daring to exercise and experiment with the police powers that are constitutionally reserved to STATES, and NOWHERE granted to the national government: Your chief complaint is that the Colorado Constitution is now in violation of federal law. Uh huh, yes it is. And do you know WHY? Because those federal laws OUGHT NOT EXIST!
The Constitution nowhere grants to Congress any authority to regulate things like intoxicating substances or drugs. And the Constitution certainly grants no power to Congress to delegate its own authority to some federal regulatory-police agency such as the DEA to enforce unconstitutional laws and regulations. Your beef, therefore, is not with Colorado. If you have any Constitutional sense in your brains or bones, you should know that your beef is with the federal government.
For those of you unfamiliar, I here introduce you to a man named James Madison, the main architect of the Constitution, writing in Federalist 45:
>>The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.<<
Republicans and conservatives — many of whom I know, some of whom I like as people — suing Colorado over dope policies is a spectacle of utter Constitutional ineptitude. For those of you who think supporting such people and their organizations is the path to Constitutional freedom, you’ve been duped.