U.S. v. Florida, (N.D. Fl., Jan. 31, 2011), read opinion here. Though this decision may appear far afield from the usual business litigation fare of this blog, because this federal decision declaring unconstitutional the federal health care law passed last year is of such far-reaching impact on businesses (and individuals), and because it has some broadly applicable constitutional analysis of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, I make it available at the above link for the convenience of readers. I also quote below from an introductory part of the opinion, taken from a fundamental text that is often used to explain the genesis and intent of our system of government in the U.S. The quote is also applicable to human dynamics in general.
James Madison, the chief architect of our federalist system, once famously observed:
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
The Federalist No. 51, at 348 (N.Y. Heritage Press ed., 1945).