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“Dammit, Constable!”


I will have some further commerce clause thoughts either today or tomorrow. Until then, I note that for some reason the failure of this not-at-all-cheesy historical reenactment of Gibbons v. Ogden is not seen as one of the most unjust exclusions in the history of the documentary category of the Oscars:

However, there are some historical inaccuracies. Perhaps Lionel Chetwynd can be commissioned to film the real story, in which John Marshall thunders that New York’s only option in the face of federal goons who believe that Congress can regulate interstate commerce is secession.

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  • Hovde

    A fuckin’ masterpiece.

  • charles pierce

    I presume this was once a series? Parts I through MCMVII?
    EG Marshall?
    And on Fred Rogers’s home station?

  • elizabeth_d

    I’ll clap you in irons!

    A thrilling tale of steamship regulations.

  • So, is a federal law requiring all citizens to buy steamboats constitutional?

    • Scott Lemieux

      If there were a free rider problem in which people were guaranteed access to free steamboats in certain circumstances, then yes. In the real world, not so much.

  • charles pierce

    If you don’t find the Dred Scott episode, I’m going to be very disappointed.

    • Scott Lemieux

      Starring Jim Bunning as Roger Taney.

  • calling all toasters

    I see now where George Lucas got his inspiration for The Phantom Menace.

  • Hogan

    They should have had E.G. Marshall playing John Marshall, the way SCTV had Richard Burton playing Sir Richard Burton in “How the Middle East Was Won.”

    • charles pierce

      Now THAT is a great call right there.

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