One of the surprising elements is the “general welfare” clause, which has caused so many problems, was debated very little. It seems all the founders understood it meant the general welfare in conjunction with the states and not the individual citizens. And yet today members of congress like Conyers, who refers to the clause as the “good and welfare” clause, have used this to expand the likes of Obamacare and unemployment benefits. One has to read the constitution with a very creative imagination to come away with the idea that the federal government had any authority to provide such benefits. Individual states certainly could if they so desired and their constitutions allowed such, but the words of the United States Constitution and the ensuing arguments for ratifying certainly do not state nor imply any such power.
Congress will reconvene and once again we will hear the self-righteous pontificating as to the values in the Constitution while doing exactly the opposite of the letter and the intent of said Constitution. We know how frightened the founders were of the evil of a big powerful central government. That is the reason they risked their fortunes and their lives. They understood the dangers of people in government acting as rulers instead of as servants.
And now, we have come full circle. We have allowed a royal all powerful ruling elite to be established by abdicating our position of ruler. We did this by thinking we were better of receiving benefits as opposed to self-reliance. Thomas Paine declared he would not trade freedom for beneficence or his dignity for a handout. We have and we are losing our freedom. The Marxist/Progressives, those who give handouts in exchange for freedom, both civil and economic freedom, are gaining control.
It is critical we as a nation again live by the letter and intent of the United States Constitution. However, we must as Freedom Loving Americans continue to remind ourselves as to what that letter and intent really is by continuing to review it ourselves. We cannot count on our elected representatives to do it for us. We have painfully learned their true interest is their personal interest and not we the people they supposedly represent.