The United States Constitution is a limiting document. Through the enumerated powers (Article 1 Section 8) it specifies what Congress can do and limits the areas into which Congress may get involved. This limiting power is reinforced by Amendment X, which specifies that all other matters “are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This limiting power is absolutely crucial since it is fundamental to the maintenance of your freedom. In order for socialism to prosper it had to destroy this power, and this it has done quite effectively. We will begin to show you how this was done.
Socialism depends upon centralized political power to prosper. The Constitution, when enforced properly, destroys socialism. This is why socialism has to destroy the parts of the Constitution they do not like. Without the destruction of the limiting power the socialists knew they could get nowhere. Sure they would like to get rid of other parts of the Constitution (see Amendment II) but it was paramount that they “reinterpret” the limiting power and turn it on its head so that the federal government could do whatever they wanted. The notion that the federal government could do whatever it wanted was anathema to the Founding Fathers.
The primary method used by socialism to get around the Constitution’s limiting powers is a “redefinition” of the Welfare Clause and the Commerce Clause, both found in Article 1 Section 8. They say “provide for the … general Welfare of the United States;” and “To regulate Commerce … among the several States,”.
James Madison was the author of the United States Constitution, the author of the Bill of Rights, one of the three writers of the Federalist Papers and someone who wrote voluminously about the meaning of the Constitution his entire life. He was the last living signer of the United States Constitution, dying in 1837. He is rightly and properly called “The Father of the Constitution.” We here at the United States Freedom Army believe he knows what he is talking about!
What did James Madison say about the Welfare Clause?
“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators. If the words obtained so readily a place in the Articles of Confederation and received so little notice in their admission into the present Constitution, and retained for so long a time a silent place in both, the fairest explanation is, that the words, in the alternative of meaning nothing or meaning everything, had the former taken for granted.”
So what did Madison just say? He said if you have not been given the power to do something by the Constitution you cannot use the “general welfare” as a justification for doing it. In other words, you cannot use the Welfare Clause to exceed the enumerated powers of the Constitution. He also said that if you were to choose between the Welfare Clause meaning everything or meaning nothing it means nothing.
A few more quotes from James Madison relating to the Welfare Clause:
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”
“The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specific objects. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of government.”
“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one …”
What did James Madison say about the Commerce Clause? (Translation after quote)
“For a like reason, I made no reference to the power to regulate commerce among the several states. I always foresaw that difficulties might be started in relation to that power which could not be fully explained without recurring to views of it, which, however just, might give birth to specious though unsound objections. Being in the same terms with the power over foreign commerce, the same extent, if taken literally, would belong to it. Yet it is very certain that it grew out of the abuse of power by the importing states in taxing the non-importing, and was intended as a negative and preventative provision against injustice among the states themselves, rather than as a power to be used for the positive purposes of the General Government, in which alone, however, the remedial power could be lodged.” (Bold and underline courtesy of the U.S Freedom Army)
So what did Madison say? Madison said that the Commerce Clause was inserted in the Constitution not to allow the federal government to control interstate commerce, but to allow the federal government to control the states should the states interfere in interstate commerce – big difference. There is an excellent discussion of the Commerce Clause in Mark Levin’s new book The Liberty Amendments. Chapter 7. In this book he corroborates this view with writings from the Federalist Papers.
So how did the federal government get around these requirements and destroy the meaning of the Constitution? We will discuss this in detail in a future post. Just a hint – judicial activism. Remember: Judicial precedent does not trump the Constitution itself.