James Madison and the Welfare Clause.
James Madison (1751-1836) was the fourth (1809-1817) president of the United States. While only five-feet four-inches in height in life, in United States history he was twenty feet tall. In 1787 James Madison wrote the Constitution of the United States. Let me repeat that again for anyone who was not paying attention – in 1787 James Madison wrote the Constitution of the United States. In 1789 James Madison wrote the Bill of Rights. James Madison was one of the two principal authors of the Federalist Papers (the other being Alexander Hamilton) which explain the U.S. Constitution. James Madison wrote voluminously about the U.S. Constitution his entire life and was the last living signor of the U.S. Constitution, dying in 1836. James Madison is rightly and properly called the Father of the Constitution.
Article I Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states, “The Congress shall have Power To … provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States;” This is the last bastion of the Socialist (i.e. Democratic) Party when they pass their socialist legislation – we are providing for the general welfare.
James Madison penned the words “general Welfare” and it is instructive to see what he meant by those words and how his meaning has been twisted by the people in power in an attempt to justify their intrusion into the lives of American citizens. I have provided some translations for those who enjoy such things. All the quotations below are by James Madison…