For about a week, I've been hearing idiot Deemocrats chant the collectivist talking-point suggesting that conservatives are hypocritical for expecting the Feds to act in the Gulf Of Mexico. "Where in the Constitution do you find that, hmmmm....?"
Well, what that supposedly killer question illuminates is the overwhelming constitutional ignorance of collectivists, not any hypocrisy on the part of conservatives.
The Gulf situation is a pure example of APPROPRIATE Commerce Clause action by the Federal government. Duh.
Where you have a situation that LEGITIMATELY impacts commercial activity ACROSS several states, you have a LEGITIMATE argument for Federal intervention.
Where you have a situation LEGITIMATELY effecting the navigable waters of the United States, you have an ADMIRALTY law situation, which is fundamentally FEDERAL. It is ALSO manifestly a COMMERCE CLAUSE issue effecting all states on a practical level, quite apart from legalism.
So, Deemocrats, you see that there ARE appropriate, constitutional areas of FEDERAL activity that conservatives understand and support. Not too surprising that you guys don't have a freaking clue, though.