As the Virginia case shows, ObamaCare really does stretch the Commerce Clause to the breaking point. The core issue is whether the federal government can order individuals to do anything the political class decides it wants them to do. The stakes couldn't be higher for our constitutional order.
You know, I'm not a huge fan of the individual mandate. And I should be against ad hominem attacks. But I'd take this rhetoric from the Wall Street Journal a lot more seriously if they didn't *regularly* publish John Yoo, who is of the opinion that the president has the right to violate treaties, order a child's testacles crushed and suspend the First Amendment in a time of war if he so chooses. This paper has regularly given its imprimatur to the idea that there are no limits when a president doesn't want there to be.
Oh, I'm sorry, let me rephrase that. The paper has regularly given its imprimatur to the idea that there are no limits to the federal government's power when a Republican president doesn't want there to be.
The Wall Street Journal's fidelity to liberty and Constitutional order isn't just suspect -- it's laughable. The hypocrisy is too thick to bear.