• Wickard v. Filburn: The Aggregation Principle & Congressional Power [No. 86]
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    Wickard v. Filburn: The Aggregation Principle & Congressional Power [No. 86]

    Wickard is Claud Wickard who was the Secretary of Agriculture under the Roosevelt Administration. Filburn is Roscoe Filburn, who was an Ohio farmer. The Agricultural Adjustment Act was passed during the Depression as a way of stabilizing farm prices and by stabilizing they mean increase farm prices so that farmers who were a very important voting constituency, uh, would have a steady source of income and they did that by restricting the supply of farm goods, of farm produce, um, in order to raise the prices of farm produce. The case involved a quota on wheat production that was imposed on Roscoe Filburn. He was allotted a certain amount of…

  • Interpreting the Constitution: A Living Document?
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    Interpreting the Constitution: A Living Document?

    ♪♪Music♪♪ During this lecture I want to talk about the living constitution. In our previous lecture we talked about originalism. This is the main alternative to originalism. The notion that the constitution is a dynamic document that has the potential to change over time and that is something they think is, is true just because it’s true, but that they also imagined and hoped it would change over time to reflect changing conditions, changing circumstances whether they be social or economic in nature. And like with originalism, there are two different ways we can begin to understand where this notion comes from. Why would somebody come up with this idea…

  • The “Commerce Clause” in 2 Minutes
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    The “Commerce Clause” in 2 Minutes

    Supporters of the monster state want you to believe the feds can do just about anything they want under the commerce clause. They couldn’t be more wrong. The so-called “interstate commerce” clause is found in Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution. The founders explained that it authorizes the federal government to regulate the exchange of goods across state lines, along with some closely-related activities, such as navigation and marine insurance. This included policies traditionally governed by the rules pertaining to merchants. “Commerce” did not include other economic or non-economic activities. But today, the courts, bureaucrats and politicians have expanded the meaning of the clause to include any…

  • United States v.  Lopez Summary | quimbee.com
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    United States v. Lopez Summary | quimbee.com

    – [Narrator] One day, a high school senior named Alfonso Lopez, brought a handgun to school. He was arrested and charged under the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990. The Act made it a federal crime to knowingly possess a firearm in a school zone. Following a bench trial, the Federal District Court convicted Lopez, and sentenced him to prison. On appeal, Lopez argued that the Act was unconstitutional, because it exceeded Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause. The Fifth Circuit agreed, and reversed his conviction. The United States Supreme Court accepted the case to determine whether the Commerce Clause enabled congress to prohibit gun ownership near schools. Writing…

  • Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair [SCOTUSbrief]

    The state law that’s at issue in this case, uh, is Tennessee’s, uh, durational residency requirement, which is basically a fancy way of saying that in order to have an alcohol retailing license in Tennessee, uh, you have to be a resident of the state of Tennessee, and you need to be a resident for two years. Um, and then to renew that license you have to have been a resident for ten years. Obviously, that law, uh, advantages, uh, people that are in-state Tennessee residents and disadvantages people that are from out-of-state that are trying to establish a retail store in the state. Not only does it, um, apply…

  • Federalism: Crash Course Government and Politics #4
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    Federalism: Crash Course Government and Politics #4

    Hi, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics. And today we’re going to talk about a fundamental concept to American government: federalism. Sorry. I’m not sorry. You’re not even endangered anymore. Federalism is a little confusing because it includes the word, “federal,” as in federal government, which is what we use to describe the government of the United States as a whole. Which is kind of the opposite of what we mean when we say federalism. Confused? Google it. This video will probably come up. And then just watch this video. Or, just continue watching this video. [Theme Music] So what is federalism? Most simply, it’s the…