Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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. If the words obtained so readily a place in the “Articles of Confederation,” and received so little notice in their admission into the present Constitution, and retained for so long a time a silent place in both, the fairest explanation is, that the words, in the alternative of meaning nothing or meaning everything, had the former meaning taken for granted.
— James Madison, letter to James Robertson
Thursday, October 30, 2008
FFF Hits the Mark
It's amazing how two words can destroy Liberty. But there it is . From yesterday's Email Update from the Future of Freedom Foundation: