Freedom For The Farmer
"… supervision of agriculture and other concerns of a similar nature…which are proper to be provided for by local legislation, can never be desirable cares of a general jurisdiction. It is therefore improbable that there should exist a disposition in the federal councils to usurp the powers with which they are connected; because the attempt to exercise those powers would be as troublesome as they were nugatory." Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers, No. 17.
HAMILTON WAS WRONG in his prediction as to what men would do, but quite right in foreseeing the consequences of their foolhardiness. Federal intervention in agriculture has, indeed, proved "troublesome." Disregard of the Constitution in this field has brought about the inevitable loss of personal freedom; and it has created economic chaos. Unmanageable surpluses, an immense tax burden, high consumer prices, vexatious controls -- I doubt if the folly of ignoring the principle of limited government has ever been more convincingly demonstrated.
We have blundered on so grand a scale that even our critical faculties seem to have been damaged in the process. No man who is familiar with