Commerce is Trade in Goods Only and Nothing More

From . . . Mr. Justice Barbour: “[G]oods are the subject of commerce, the persons are not; the Court did indeed extend the power to regulate commerce, so as to protect the goods imported from a state tax after they were landed and were yet in bulk, but why? Because they were the subjects of commerce and because, as the power to regulate commerce under which the importation was made implied a right to sell; that right was complete without paying the state for a second right to sell whilst the bales or packages were in their original form. But how can this apply to persons? They are not the subject of commerce, and not being imported goods, cannot fall within a train of reasoning founded upon the construction of a power given to Congress to regulate commerce and the prohibition to the states from imposing a duty on imported goods.”

Sources:, 36 U.S. 102 (1837) @

And yet the commerce clause has been held to include the power to regulate all manner of activity: mining, manufacturing, agriculture, snack bars, and on and on, as described in my 2500 page, four-volume treatise, The Kiss of Judice: The Constitution Betrayed: A Coroner’s Inquest and Report available @

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