How Liberals Use the Constitution to Make us Less Free

Liberals have a love/hate relationship with the Constitution. They love the Constitution when they can find some out-of-context word or phrase and add concepts that aren’t found in it in order to give constitutional credence to their unconstitutional laws.

Liberals found the right to abortion in the “penumbra” of the Constitution. That means they found the right in the Constitution’s shadows. The welfare state was said to be constitutional because of the phrase “provide for the general welfare,” never checking to see what the founders actually meant.

A careful student of history, as all lawmakers, lawyers, and judges should be, would know that “general welfare” did not mean aid to some at the expense of others, as James Madison was quick to point out in Federalist 41:

“But what color can the objection have [that the phrase ‘general welfare’ is not specified by particulars], when a specification of the objects alluded to by these general terms immediately follows and is not even separated by a longer pause than a semicolon? . . . Nothing is more natural nor common than first to use a general phrase, and then to explain and qualify it by a recital of particulars . . . .”1

The new healthcare bill is being shoved down our throats by an appeal to the “Commerce Clause” in Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 with the claim that the Federal Government can force us to buy things we do not want. It’s going to be hard to fight against the argument since the passage of the Social Security Act and Medicare.

The Constitution can only work as a governing document on two conditions: (1) the people know and understand the document and (2) the people are virtuous. The government school system in America has made the first condition inoperative as well as the second condition. From the first day in a government school, students are taught that it’s moral and virtuous to receive money from other people that was confiscated by government.

In his The Americans, in Their Moral, Social, and Political Relations (1837), Francis Grund (1805–1863) wrote the following:

"The American Constitution is remarkable for its simplicity; but it can only suffice a people habitually correct in their actions, and would be utterly inadequate to the wants of a different nation. Change the domestic habits of the Americans, their religious devotion, and their high respect for morality, and it will not be necessary to change a single letter of the Constitution in order to vary the whole form of their government."2

Patrick Henry said something similar: “[B]ad men cannot make good citizens. . . . No free government, or the blessings of liberty can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue.”

We have 50 percent of voting Americans who are content to live off the prosperity of others, and the Democrats exploit their lack of virtue in the name of the Constitution.

  1. The Federalist No. 41: General View of the Powers Conferred by The Constitution,  No. 41 (January 19, 1788). []
  2. Quoted in Charles Murray, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, 127. []



  • BOTK

    "“[B]ad men cannot make good citizens. . . . No free government, or the
    blessings of liberty can be preserved to any people but by a firm
    adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue.”

    Sigh. How I wish libertarians would listen to THIS Founding Father. Even with his seemingly "libertarian" cry of "Give me liberty or give me death!" he still understood that without law and morality there is no true freedom, only anarchy.

    "The goal must be God's law-order, in which alone is true liberty." - R. J. Rushdoony

    • John811c

       You have got that 100% correct the only true liberty and freedom that will exist will be after the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus because it will be then that the kings of this world who are of this world are corrupt and fall prey to Satan as Satan currently is the Lord of this world. The Good news is that Jesus will return and Satan and all his minions will be cast down and Jesus will rule supreme in justice and true freedom.  I may not see his coming but I know it will happen. All Praise to the king of kings and lord of lords my savior Jesus Christ

      • BOTK

        You misunderstood me. I am a postmillennialist and a theonomist. Christ's Kingdom has
        already come and died for the sins of the world. The only other time he
        will come again will be to destroy this earth completely and create a
        new heaven and new earth in which there will be no more sin, death, and
        pain. From now until then we're to get out there and cast "down
        arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge
        of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of
        Christ", i.e. subjugating every single individual, society, family,
        government, business, and you-name-it to the Law of God through peaceful
        means and only if absolutely necessary, through force. This is true
        freedom: obedience to the Law of God. "And I will walk at liberty for I
        seek Your precepts." - Psalm 119:45

        • BOTK

          To correct my mistake: " Christ's Kingdom has already come and He has died for the sins of the world."

  • Samtman

    General welfare, is what it says , General welfare, includes being healthy, not hungry and having a roof over your head, its in the Constitution, 

    • DavidJ

      Health isn't a right!  you are born with rights and we are not necessarily born healthy - it is not a right.  So you must mean health insurance?  Health insurance doen't "insure" good health - in fact just the opposite - it pays for bad health.  You can purchase it if you want but don't make me pay for your health insurance, your roof or your food.

    • Bama59

      If you work far said things such as food, shelter and health care. The constitution only says that the government will not stop you from obtaining that which leads to your health, welfare, and happiness. It does not say anywhere that the federal government will provide such thing to you free of charge.

    • ibelieveinfreedom2

      No, it means the general welfare of the country.  In other words the economy and how it relates to trade with China or England etc.  The GENERAL  OVERALL  Welfare of the country, not individuals.   Taking care of yourself is YOUR responsibility, no one else owes you food, clothing, shelter etc...  unless you are a child and then it's your parent's responsibility.  Charity is one of those things people use to be embarrassed to need, but people pull together and help each other out when they know someone is in need.  Enlisting the government to steal from those who produce to provide for those who don't was never the intention of the "general welfare" clause.  You need to read the writings of the founding fathers.  They were specifically adamant that the job of the federal government was NOT to be concerned in the affairs of individuals or deal with their problems.

    • sean murry

      It did say that way i worked for everything i got not sponge off people.

    • jong

       First it means in general  not specific do not try to fill in the blanks because there are none.  General welfare of the nation calls for the moral and ethical behavior of both the government and its citizens not a give away for those who do not wish to do anything.   In this the only people I could see the Founding Fathers giving anything to would be Seniors, Vets, truly Disabled.  In other words people who through no decision of their own are in trouble.    Not some women having 7 kids picking up a nice check every month and at tax time a big check.

  • sean murry

    They better reread the constitution again it doesnt say anything about free handouts to the slackers.

  • Boyd Herrst

    The liberals have bent the Constitution so they can interpret it the way they see fit and not in the way it written...

  • TM

    obama = the distruction of America and our constitution!

  • TM

    Not all democrats are bad, just the ones who are alive and living off tax payers.

  • Sleepy49738

    Just remeber history repeata itself. Hilter, Moussili, and Lenin. All started out by making it sound like they going to save their countries and then put them into socialism total destruction.  Obama and the liberials want to take control of your freedoms and destory this country just as history did with NaziGermany, Italy, and Russia.


    The Constitution like the Holy Bible, they both can say what you want it to say, If you are liberal it is ok to do all things, if you are consertive then it says to follow the word not twist it. We live in a time that more folks like the twisted version the best. And once they get the twisted verson it s not what they thought it would be. I guess we should just be thankfuf for the last 236 years, even with the bad in it everybody around the world wanted to come live here. Unless we stop the bama, fear our world as we have known it will be over.

  • TEA9876

    Another reason we must replace this President with one of a more conservative outlook. We have four justices in their late 70's,2 liberals-2 conservative. If  this president is left in power(we already know he will be more flexible in his lame duck session),we will have a liberal court for the next two generations.

  • jong

    Having studied James Madison and his mentor John Witherspoon is a real eye opener.  What worries me is that we have two sides that are coming into the same result from different ways.  One would gives us nothing and have the state run everything that is Obama.   The other would give us everything and  that leads to what Patrick Henry said.   The founding fathers got rid of that type of libertarianism because they saw the dangers of no structure of government we tried that in the Articles of Confederation.  John Stuart Mills I believe said it best that good government must travel a narrow line neither giving in to majority or the minority.

  • Ted R. Weiland

    Gary DeMar: "Liberals found the right to abortion in the “penumbra” of the
    Constitution. That means they found the right in the Constitution’s

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  • Charliesantos

    screw the demoncrats.Ive just changed from democrat to republican.A good democrat is a dead democrat.God bless America.We need another revolution,maybe another civil war.We also need to destroy all the mosques,and kick out all the islamists that want to kill us because of religious differences.And the members of the secret service should do their job,and quitelly eliminate (not protect) the  senators/congressmen who are anti american.This administration is a joke.What  happened to WE THE PEOPLE?