Reply To: Ron Paul on Banning Contraceptives


In the Richmond Ratification Convention, one of the three chief spokesmen for ratifying the Constitution without first amending it–Governor Edmund Randolph–repeatedly said that Congress would have only the powers “expressly” delegated. There is no express mention in the Constitution of a federal power to require that states allow sale of contraceptive devices. This is a classic example of federal self-aggrandizement via invalidation of perfectly constitutional, though silly, state policy.

It’s also one of the few examples of Ron Paul saying something about the Constitution with which I disagree. When I heard it, I gulped.