So you're telling you cannot read the constitution and see for yourself. Have you ever read it? I doubt it. Instead of just rejecting his view, you should read the evidence and come up with a logical analysis of why he's wrong. It probably won't come about because he's right.
Sorry, John-John - *you* are the one who's wrong here ... just like Ron Paul is wrong.
Article I, Section 8:
Congress shall have power to -
make rules for the government
exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever
make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
Article V - Amendment
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution
All of those 15 points are ones not specified by name in the constitution, and Ron Paul hopes he'll find idiotic supporters who don't bother to read how those 15 points are actually legal and allowed by the constitution.
Shoot, SS/Medicare/Medicaid were *upheld to be constitutional by the Supreme Court* when Republicans challenged them after their first introduction.
Put down your Ron Paul bong long enough to clear your head, and learn how he's hiding his own unconstitutional proposals (like Confederacy, which took war to prove it was no longer applicable in the US). And how he's trying to snag up weedhead votes by making folks think he's for legal dope (which he's not - he's just using that as the string to snag folks in on his "states rights" crap).
Unfortunately you can't go by what the gov't says is constitutional or unconstitutional anymore. the Supreme Court is filled with activists, so they just push their respective agendas. You, however, selectively quote Article 1 Section 8:
"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof."
Only powers vested by "this Constitution in the Government" are fair game. Good one, though.
Specifically, to say "To regulate commerce..." is too broad. In the constitution, as you can see, it says only that the gov't has the power to regulate international and interstate commerce. Too bad nobody, not even our politicians, understand Article 1 Section 8 because it's quoted constantly, especially when writing legislation, but it's ALWAYS misused.
The Constitution was written rather generically and broad on purpose, bdzevel, and left lots of room for it to be changed and corrected when needed. (and, incidentally, states still have final authority over the administration of Medicare and Medicaid within their borders)
For Paulites to consistently take every word of his without considering counterarguments - in a literal word-for-word context - is silly. Most of his current supporters are young 30's and under, with at least some college education, and who entered the workforce in income brackets subject to taxation. And most of the parents of these same Paulites were not fully in the workforce and subject to taxation until the Reagan era (when middle class taxes were raised while upper income taxes were significantly lowered). So these Paulites don't recognize that our tax structure didn't officially get screwed over until Reagan, and have a poor regard for the subject altogether.
Add in that many of them think Paul's serious when he talks about legal dope, and, well ... that's the only basis for their attraction to the guy.
They just continue to overlook the true history of the flake - his confederate flair - his overt racism (endorsed by David Duke and by the Council for Conservative Citizens!) - his consistent attempts to mislead (listen to his verbal intros to bills he introduces, or read about them on his site ... then read the actual wordage of those bills).