The New Progressive Constitution
The progressive federal government of the United States of America has taken upon itself to spend whatever it takes in order to provide tax payer subsidized, cradle-to-grave, social welfare programs. We pay for mothers’ that cannot afford to pay for themselves or their children; we give tax refunds to those individuals who don’t work and were irresponsible enough to have a bunch of kids; we subsidize student loans for those who can’t afford to go, and since Obama always gets his way, they won’t have to pay these loans back. Heck, we even pay for people’s retirements when there aren’t actually any funds to do so; and now we will be paying the health insurance premiums of millions of American’s.
In light of all these social welfare programs, I suggest that we alter the constitution to allow the federal government full power to control all aspects of the economy, and give them the authority to be the sole provider of all things for all people. They’re going to do it anyways. Besides, that old Constitution is just too darn wordy and restrictive. We could change it to something like this:
“We the people of The United States of America give the federal government the full power to levy taxes and to use all revenue collected to provide for the general welfare”
-The Constitution of The Progressive States of America
That’s it, short, sweet, and to the point. This gives the federal government full power to do whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want. They’re going to do it anyways. This new progressive constitution will save the liberal, socialist, communist, democrat politicians, the time of having to weasel their way around the constitution in order to implement legislation which violates it.
Okay, I don’t actually believe or support such a ludicrous violation of the rights and freedoms of the American people, but Obama and his mindless, liberal zombies do.
The key argument that all progressives use in order to justify their use of wealth redistribution to fund their social welfare programs is that the preamble to the Constitution contains the phrase “promote the general welfare”
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
-Preamble to The Constitution
Any progressive will tell you that their social welfare programs are justified because the constitution contains this phrase. They’ll tell you that the federal government is supposed to provide for the needs of the people, and legislate for the good of the collective. They will also tell you that the founders intended for the federal government to do these things. Why else would they put the word “welfare” in the constitution.
Now, any rational, intelligent, thoughtful individual can tell you that the founders did not intend for the government to tax the “fortunate” in order to provide for the “unfortunate.” If the founders intended this, they would have worded the phrase differently. They would have said something more along the lines of “provide for the general welfare,” rather than “promote the general welfare.” When the founders put “the general welfare” in the constitution they were referring to the general welfare of the states. In other words “the general welfare” gives the federal government the responsibility to protect the states from any evils, and secure the blessings of peace, prosperity, and liberty for them; not to pander to the every whims of the people.
To verify this, lets see what some of the founding fathers views are regarding social welfare programs, and the phrase “promote the general welfare.”
“With respect to the 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.”
- James Madison, The Author of The Constitution
“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.”
“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 constitutents.”
“…the government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the 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 subject to particular exceptions.”
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.”
“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”
“A wise and frugal government… shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”
“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.”
As you can see, the founders clearly did not intend for the government to levy taxes in order to provide for massive social welfare programs. This matters little to the progressive. Their intentions are not to promote general welfare, but rather to promote general dependence. Which would inevitably escalate their power over the population.
Congress does not posses the authority to determine what the founders meant by the general welfare. If they could do this, what can limit them from usurping control of all things that involve money?