Here's a pertinent quote to the case I was making earlier in this thread.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
Further reference quotes from the "father of the constitution". If anyone else would care to defend the use of the imaginary "general welfare" provision of the constitution, please, bring it on.
James Madison 1792 - "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." 2
James Madison 1831 - "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 it creators." 3
I'm not done talking about this g*dd*mn it! Anyone? Anyone?
I'm just waiting for someone to say something that I can argue. Sorry CyclonePride, I agree with you on these issues. ;)