V: Myth of the “General Welfare” Clause

Our federal government was formed by sovereign states who jointly agreed to cede only eighteen of their individual powers to create a federal union of the states. This is found in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution – it is not 2,000 pages, so you can read or re-read it tonight. The Constitution is a surprisingly interesting read.

I particularly point out a phrase in the eighteenth power of Article I, Section 8 as it applied and continues to apply to the federal government,

“…To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing Powers…”

The key here are the words; “…foregoing Powers…”

These words mean that all federal laws must be limited to the eighteen powers. Every law must be integral to and support, substantiate, initiate, or enforce one of the eighteen enumerated powers, and currently a few subsequent amendments that have added to the powers. Any federal law must provide for the general welfare within the confines of the enumerated powers. The words “necessary and proper” are not a blanket authority to legislate just about anything Congress desires.

A fallacy perpetuated by the corrupt media, knowingly progressive socialist purveyors of misinformation, or by those poorly versed on the Constitution who just continue to spew the “general welfare clause” grants Congress the power to do just about anything it wishes. They tell you, and many in Congress truly believe that the federal government can do pretty much what it wants to do because it is charged with providing for the general welfare of the nation.

“General welfare” is mentioned in two places in the Constitution; the Preamble and in Article I, Section 8 – the section that deals with enumerated powers granted to Congress. The preamble to the Constitution

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…promote the general welfare…do ordain and establish this constitution of the United States of America.”

This is a statement on the purpose of the Constitution. It states the reasons why the people were creating the Constitution and one reason was to promote the general welfare of the union. The preamble provided a general description of what the role of the union would be under the Constitution. The preamble does not provide for the powers of Congress as many nefarious progressives, ill-informed elitists, and corrupt media would have you believe.

“General welfare” again appears in the “powers granted to Congress section”; Article I, Section 8. In the first power of this section, the Constitution does permit the Congress to provide for the general welfare, but in the eighteenth enumerated power of this section the Congress is limited to providing for the general welfare and all of its other responsibilities, to laws that comply with the eighteen enumerated powers, and subsequently additional powers provided by certain amendments to the constitution.

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One thought on “V: Myth of the “General Welfare” Clause

  1. 1/9/2015 The general welfare notion is the most often used excuse for the federal government to abuse the constitution. By abuse I mean passing legislation and controlling the people as well as the states where a close examination of the constitution clearly does not give such powers to the federal government. There are many federal laws and executive regulations that are not constitutional and should be challenged by the people and state government.

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