Myth No. 4. - -“The general welfare clause gives the federal government the power to run social welfare programs”
The Truth -At the Virginia ratifying convention, Edmund Randolph said that reading the general welfare clause as a broad grant of power would “violate every rule of construction and common sense.”
As Thomas Jefferson put it in an 1817 letter to his friend Albert Gallatin:
“Congress had not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but were restrained to those specifically enumerated; and that, as it was never meant they should provide for that welfare but by the exercise of the enumerated powers, so it could not have been meant they should raise money for purposes which the enumeration did not place under their action; consequently, that the specification of powers is a limitation of the purposes for which they may raise money.”
For a full one-hour podcast interview recorded by the Tenth Amendment Center back in 2009, you’ll get a great lesson on the General Welfare clause. You’ll learn about the Hamiltonian vs the Madisonian view, anti-federalist concerns, modern interpretations, and court cases which have turned its meaning upside down.
For a shorter introduction, read this article from Mike Maharrey,“The General Welfare Clause is not about writing checks.”
Myth No. 5 - Federal law always supersedes State law.
The Truth - On the subject of Supremacy, Brion McClanahan noted in a 2010 article, “this opinion is held by a majority of constitutional law “scholars,” but they are far from correct.”
He continued by saying:
The so-called “supremacy clause” of the Constitution, found in Article 6, states, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding [emphasis added].”
The key, of course, is the italicized phrase. All laws made in pursuance of the Constitution, or those clearly enumerated in the Constitution, were supreme, State laws notwithstanding. In other words, the federal government was supreme in all items clearly listed in the document.
Brion summed it up with this gem:
When asked to read between the lines to “find” implied powers, Jefferson responded that he had done that, and he “found only blank space.”
Read the full article here
The Bible says, "...you shall know the truth and truth shall make you free." In other words, the TRUTH that you KNOW will FREE you from those things that would otherwise put you in bondage. The antithesis of this declaration is that if what you "know" is in fact a lie, you will be the servant of that lie and of those who perpetuated the lie and they will be your oppressors.
Truth or Consequences was a daytime television game show that aired in the 1950's and 60's hosted by Ralph Edwards, Bob Barker and others. Contestants were asked funny questions and if they did not answer correctly (Tell the Truth), they were subjected to practical jokes (Consequences). It was great fun and there were lots of laughs. As with the game show, in real life there are consequences to not knowing the truth. But in real life these are often dire consequences and always end in oppression. Lies can and have literally shaped nations and altered history.
All of you hold beliefs about the role of governments, the Constitution, the Founders, political parties, American history and other relevant topics. But sadly, too much of what you believe to be true is quite simply a lie. In many cases what you believe is the exact opposite of the truth. If you "think" you know the truth but you have, in fact, been tricked into believing a lie, you are in bondage and are probably being used (unknowingly) to bring others into bondage. Thus, we must all strive to know the truth regarding all important issues of our time because there are consequences. Knowing the truth will not only make you free, but will also free those within your sphere of influence.
This page is dedicated to calling out some of those myths that many people, including many of our leaders, believe to be true to the detriment of themselves, their families, their colleagues, their cities and American society as a whole.
Myth No 3. - The “necessary and proper” clause provides constitutional authorization for much of what the feds do today.
The Truth - “Necessary and proper” ranks among the most abused clauses in the Constitution. It has been dubbed the “elastic clause” because of the perception that it allows the scope of federal power to expand. The federal government began abusing this clause within years of ratification. In 1800, James Madison countered these early abuses, forcefully arguing that it’s not elastic at all, and doesn’t give the government any additional powers.
Under the Constitution, there are three criteria that need to be met for something to be both “necessary” and “proper.”
Necessary to carry out the original purpose – like purchasing corn from a farmer to sell in the grocery store.
A customary way of carrying out the original purpose. The guy running my grocery couldn’t get rid of all the food and sell porno because that would clearly not constitute a customary way of running a grocery store
An incidental power can never rise to a level greater than the original power delegated. My grocery store manager would have the authority to pay a mechanic for fixing the broken freezer. But he wouldn’t have the power to sell the building and invest the money in the stock market for me.
Maharrey does another great job with this article on Necessary and Proper. This video summarizes things in about 2.5 minutes. .....See Video.....
Myth No. 1 -The Constitution gives Congress broad power to regulate activities that have an effect on interstate commerce.
The Truth -Not long ago the Commerce Clause challenge to the Obamacare individual insurance mandate was dismissed by all serious and knowledgeable constitutional law professors as well as Nancy Pelosi as “frivolous”. But here is how James Madison described the Commerce Clause:
Myth No. 2 - The Preamble should guide our understanding of the Constitution.”
The Truth - Because the Preamble to the Constitution has beautiful, sweeping prose – and is quite broad in what it says – supporters of the monster state love to rely on it to justify their favorite federal programs or proposals.
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Myth No. 6 - Donald Trump, his cabinet and all Republicans are fascists.
The Truth - A favorite leftist smear—employed for decades now—is the claim that everyone on the right is a “fascist.” So the question must be asked: What is fascism?Where does the term come from?What is its underlying ideology?
Dinesh D’Souza, best-selling author of The Big Lie, introduces us to Giovanni Gentile, the philosopher of fascism, whose writings make clear that fascism is a movement not of the political right, but of the left—which seeks to foist it off onto the right in an attempt to distance itself from its own ugly history. Watch the video here