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An Unrestrained Intercourse Between The States

Posted by | May 4th, 2011

“An unrestrained intercourse between the States themselves will advance the trade of each by an interchange of their respective productions, not only for the supply of reciprocal wants at home, but for exportation to foreign markets. The veins of commerce in every part will be replenished, and will acquire additional motion and vigor from a free circulation of the commodities of every part. Commercial enterprise will have much greater scope, from the diversity in the productions of different States. When the staple of one fails from a bad harvest or unproductive crop, it can call to its aid the staple of another. The variety, not less than the value, of products for exportation contributes to the activity of foreign commerce. It can be conducted upon much better terms with a large number of materials of a given value than with a small number of materials of the same value; arising from the competitions of trade and from the fluctuations of markets. Particular articles may be in great demand at certain periods, and unsalable at others; but if there be a variety of articles, it can scarcely happen that they should all be at one time in the latter predicament, and on this account the operations of the merchant would be less liable to any considerable obstruction or stagnation. The speculative trader will at once perceive the force of these observations, and will acknowledge that the aggregate balance of the commerce of the United States would bid fair to be much more favorable than that of the thirteen States without union or with partial unions.”

– Alexander Hamilton (Federalist # 11)

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  1. markross Post author

    Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of The United States Constitution, says this:

    “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes”

    And, from what I have learned, and, as evidenced by Hamilton’s above words, when explaining the Federal Constitution to the people of New York, through The Federalist Papers – Congress was only given the power to “make regular” the flow of goods and services, throughout the United States, and abroad.

    Today, our Federal Government, and the people, except the notion that our Federal Government can control almost every aspect of our commerce and free trade.

    Therefore, if you bring this Constitutional argument into modern times, it isn’t hard to arrive at the question: why does The Federal Government think they can tell the people of one state not to purchase a certain good or service from another? Specifically, that would include health care insurance, alcohol, and a variety of other products.

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