Founder and President James Madison on the “General Welfare Clause” of the US Constitution.
From time to time we hear the political establishment talk about how a specific subject is covered under the “general welfare clause”’
James Madison had this to offer regarding the general welfare clause in the Constitution. Does this sound prophetic to anyone?
“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare,
and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare,
they may take the care of religion into their own hands;
they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish
and pay them out of their public treasury;
they may take into their own hands the education of children,
establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union;
they may assume the provision of the poor;
they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads;
in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation
down to the most minute object of police,
would be thrown under the power of Congress…. Were the power
of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for,
it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature
of the limited Government established by the people of America.”
The Constitution has not failed us…We the People have failed miserably to stand and defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic.