Interstate Commerce

Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 states that Congress shall have the power to:

“Regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”

   This article was not intended to give the Federal government the ability to regulate commerce.  Its intent was to limit the State’s ability to restrict interstate commerce.  The idea was to open the entire country as a free trade zone.

   In my opinion, the Federal government should not be permitted to regulate interstate commerce.  They should have the ability to ensure that the States do not inhibit interstate commerce.  However, if the Federal government is given the right to regulate interstate commerce then interstate commerce must be clearly defined.

   Interstate commerce should only apply to the sale of goods and services across state lines.  It should never apply to businesses that only purchase goods and services across state lines.  And then, any regulations should only apply to those goods which are actually sold across interstate lines and not to other activities of the business.  The federal government should