That phrase of course being........."Provide for the General Welfare"......
……..or “Promote the General Welfare”
"General Welfare".....the two words at the heart of the phrase and controversy, only appear twice in the Constitution, once in the Preamble and again in Article 1. Section 8. Two words, upon which the entire foundation and history of the Democrat Party and our liberal nanny statist government is built and expands upon. Two words, which allow the remaining 4,541 words to be ignored and disregarded in entirety, and the government the ability to do “whatever it wants.” in lieu of what “We The People want.” Two words, which have served as the permission slip for the unadulterated Democrat embarkment towards the complete control of every aspect of our society and economy…..Tyranny.
Has the entire instrument of Government been reduced to a single phrase?
This poll and question is asked in the name and honor of Thomas Jefferson........
.“to lay taxes to provide for the general welfare of the U.S.” that is to say “to lay taxes for the purpose of providing for the general welfare.” for the laying of taxes is the power and the general welfare the purpose for which the power is to be exercised. they are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union. in like manner they are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose. to consider the latter phrase, not as describing the purpose of the ﬁrst, but as giving a distinct & independent power to do any act they please, which might be for the good of the Union, would render all the preceding & subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. it would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the U.S. and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they pleased.
--Thomas Jefferson--Founder--Conservative--Hater of Liberals--Great American
"…..Would render all the preceding & subsequent enumerations of power completely useless"
Clearly the Founders grow wiser the further left this country ventures. TJ was spot on, as today there are no more limits on government, every and any restraints have been severed by the single phrase, or are merely waiting to be subverted by the two words. The entire apparatus now operates with complete disregard of We The People, without fear of The People. Every and any nanny state whim can be passed and implemented in defiance of the Constitution and in the name of Promoting the General Welfare.
For a government that controls your healthcare, your salary, what kind of light bulbs you can buy, your retirement, the water level in your toilet, your education, your exhalation, your birth your death your life and everything in between.........can be called many things........but clearly not a "Limited Government".....clearly not the defined and restrained government as intended by the Founders and our Forefathers.
......"they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they pleased"
I realize many of you statists….view the unconstitutional ventures of our government as “Good” rather than “Evil”…..and its why you show no opposition to an all powerful centralized government, your life as a vegetable, The Democrat Nanny State, or The Kenyan-Irish Tyrant. But the day will come, when you will look back and remember how you cheered on a government that defied 70% of We The People…..because they will eventually defy 90% of We The People. And the day you move from the minority to that majority........is the moment you realize what the power to do whatever evil they please entails. Anything and everything can be done in the name of “Promoting the General Welfare”, at least according to the statist dictionary. A Government of, for, and by a single phrase.......
When government’s chains are severed……our own are secured…..