Yes, Mom

Now, to once again address the critical issue of eating your vegetables, this guy asks a good question, to wit:

Can President Barack Obama and Congress enact legislation that orders Americans to buy broccoli?

Leaving aside, for the moment anyway, the (not unimportant) distinction between buying broccoli and actually eating it, we continue to the larger problem.

If so, where did they get that authority? What provision in the Constitution empowers the federal government to order an individual to buy a product he does not want?

This is not a question about nutrition. It is not a question about whether broccoli is good for you or about the relative merits of broccoli versus other foods. It is a question about the constitutional limits on the power of the federal government. It is a question about freedom.

Can President Obama and Congress enact legislation that orders Americans to buy health insurance? They might as well order Americans to buy broccoli. They have no legitimate authority to do either. Yet neither Obama nor the current leadership in Congress seems to care about the constitutional limits on their power.

I mostly have to agree. A point of dissent — mostly stylistic, I admit– might be the clichéd promotion of broccoli. Broccoli — and I suppose this is something of a backlash from Bush the First’s  public humiliation of our green friend– gets far too much attention in the nutritional arena.

I tried to counteract this in my last post but, judging from the discouraging stats on my dashboard, not many of you actually clicked the link to the Center for Disease Control’s Official Vegetable-of-the-Month Calendar. Now — c’mon, ConLaw fans– there’s a big diff between encouraging the consumption of veggies and mandating same.

I’ll give you another chance. Here.

And a preview. Coming up: collard greens and swiss chard.

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