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The Founding Fathers On Redistribution

From various sources:

“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.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816

“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.” — Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” — Thomas Jefferson

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.” — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

“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.” — James Madison in a letter to James Robertson

In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 for relief of French refugees who fled from insurrection in San Domingo to Baltimore and Philadelphia, James Madison stood on the floor of the House to object saying:

“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.” — James Madison, 4 Annals of Congress 179, 1794

“[T]he 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.” — James Madison

But maybe they were wrong and Mr. Obama is right.

After all, he is a Constitutional scholar.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “The Founding Fathers On Redistribution”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    After all he is a constitutional scholar…..
    Oh yeah, then he is an afro-american….Two wrongs do not make a Rev. Wright!!
    Actually….he is none of the above!

  2. 1sttofight says:

    I have read the Constitution several times , so I am a Constitution Scholar too.

  3. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh just mentioned this article on his program.

  4. Bellagio says:

    After all… Obama IS NOT a Constitutional Scholar of OUR Constitution. He is a scholar in Constitutional Law. He studied Constitutional Law, which is foundational law that establishes the framework for nation states or political bodies, but he did not study OUR written Constitution, its origins. Obama never read the Federalist Papers, nor the US Constitution Convention notes that were the foundation of OUR country’s Constitution, our rights & freedoms, our limited government.

    A Constitution can be any form of foundation law. It can establish Government as Totalitarian having absolute power over its people. Enumerating limited rights the people have which protects Government from the people. A constitution that establishes government as master and provider, the way Obama would like to have it.

    Our Constitution grants nothing, it guarantees our inalienable rights that are numerous and without exception, and a republican form of government which is limited and conditional… A government of enumerated powers where the people are the master and government is the servant. Our constitution is the supreme law of the land where government is accountable to the people and God.

    The general Government does not ensure fairness or protection. Our Constitution does!.. Our Constitution protects us FROM government! It protects and guarantees our rights & freedoms to succeed or fail… FROM government! It protects and guarantees our individualism, and our freedom to Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness… FROM government and not allow it to interfere in our everyday lives.

    Government is not empowered to do “for us”.

    Our General Government exists to DEFEND OUR WAY OF LIFE, not constrain it, provide for it, or redistribute it! That is what makes our way of life different from any other on this planet! The general Government is sworn to defend, preserve and protect that way of life, OUR CONSTITUTION.

    This is the United States. You work for what you want… this country offers the facilities for anyone who is black, white, purple, green or yellow to pursue happiness and achieve wealth if you want it, and at the same time also allows you to fail… The choice is yours. No one will hand it to you!

    “The inherent virtue of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings…
    The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”
    -Winston S. Churchill

    “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” ~Ben Franklin.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Anyone care to state the above in “EBONICS” for the ACORN crowd and KOOL-AID drinkers?

  6. JerseyGrrrl says:

    Mr. James Madison was a constitutional GENIUS. One of our most underrated presidents.

  7. CJPR says:

    Clearly, James Madison found himself in the minority in 1794, since Congress did appropriate $15,000 for the relief of the French refugees that year. Thus, as early as 1794 the US Congress was using public funds for the general welfare. I would imagine there were a good number of “Constitutional scholars” in Congress in 1794 who voted with the majority.

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