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By Timothy Lynch

Greater than 10 years in the past, federal officers boldly claimed that they might create a drug-fee the US through 1995.

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No longer did we think of it as a “necessary evil,” instituted for the limited purpose of securing our rights, as the Founders had thought of government. Instead, government came gradually to be seen as an engine of good, an institution to solve all manner of social and economic problems— through social engineering informed by “progressive” thought. In4 See Roger Pilon, “The Forgotten Ninth and Tenth Amendments,” Cato Policy Report 13, no. 5 (September/October 1991), p. 1. 5 Barry R. McCaffrey, The National Drug Control Strategy: 2000 Annual Report (Washington: Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2000), p.

S. 170 (1984). 7 George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1949), p. 4. 8 Florida v. S. 455 (1989). 9 California v. S. 35 (1988). 10 California v. Acevedo, 111 S. Ct. 1982 (1991). 42 The Drug War and the Constitution cion even if the stop is based largely on ethnicity . . ”12 Searches or seizures have been upheld on nothing more than suspicion that drugs are being transported. Sufficient suspicion can be mustered by matching the victim of the search with a few of the characteristics contained in secret “drug courier profiles” that rely heavily upon ethnic stereotypes.

That was the whole point of enumeration—to restrain government to a limited set of ends. If the Founders had wanted to give the federal government boundless power “to uphold the public good,” they could have. They didn’t. And they said why, explicitly and repeatedly. An Unconstitutional War Whatever authority the various federal drug statutes purport to have, in fact, comes not from any aspirational language of the Preamble but from the grants of power found in Article I, section 8, of the Constitution.

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