posted on Apr, 26 2014 @ 09:02 AM
a reply to: Aleister
I had a well-meaning liberal friend make the argument that the government could constitutionally compel you to buy and sell and engage in commerce in
any market in which they themselves were heavily involved because they made it an interstate commerce issue just by being involved in that market.
Thus, they had the power to regulate and control your interaction in it.
When I pointed out that by virtue of the government's deep involvement in entitlement spending, there is really no existing market they do not have a
deep, monetary interest in meaning they could pretty much take that justification to compel and control citizen involvement in every market.
He had to admit that his reading of the Commerce Clause and how he understood it would indeed allow for a pretty much centrally planned and controlled
So, the answer to your question is yes because the government allowed entitlement monies to be spent on clothing, there are some liberal schools of
thought that would say they government could indeed force you to buy clothing and even mandate what type of clothing you must buy and how much.
Just like Obamacare and its mandates on insurance.