"If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. ... Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
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It is really too bad this is only set up to rate less than an innumerable tomes. And the truth shall set you free.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    And subvert the foundations of the nation they have. Restore the Republic. End the Fed.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Sounds as though President Madison was making a prediction. Just take a look at Washington today.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    Jim, can you imagine our founding fathers' shock on today's situation.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Every congressman should read this quote every morning before casting a single vote. Madison knew because he studied history.
     -- Carol, Georgia     
    Congress is US, We are the Congress. Ever heard of elections for Congress.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Absolutely true -- and Madison ought to know, he was the prime author of the Constitution. Waffler suffers from groupthink -- spoken like a true government employee suffering from narcissism justifying every power grab by saying, 'hey, we the government ARE the people'. Congress is an elected body of representatives of We the People who administer the government as chartered by the US Consitution. Congress has been granted limited and specific powers of administration by the People -- all else are reserved to the people. Congress is NOT the People -- the People are the People, and some of the people are in the Congress. If you are unable to make the distinction between someone and everyone, you suffer from cognitive dissonance.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Waffler, excellent comment. Your comment shows you are a patron in good standing of the foreign statist theocracy that infests this land. There is no lawfully or constitutionally recognizable Congress within the boundaries that used to be the United States of America. The foreign despot, recognized by its unlawful, unjust, and unconstitutional compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity, borg mentality, lack of allodial ownership, religious activities, and myriad of alphabet soup agencies, along with its claim of inherent right as an organic hegemony has taken on some of the form of the once de jure government but has defined tyranny far beyond Madison's here quote. "Man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years." (Lysander Spooner)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Waffler, when almost every single politician out there is a self serving criminal and cares not at all for his constituents...voting and masturbation are mutually comparable. And no, I don't vote either LOL (unless there is a Libertarian to vote for) It's pointless to "vote" for your dictator. In fact I'd love to see a day when nobody voted because they were all at the local gun shop.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    FUD: Fear Uncertainty Doubt... the heart & soul of today's GOP & Tea Baggers... and of most of the posters to this web site too... ;-)
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    Reston...I have no fear, no doubt and I'm absolutely certain the communists will be expelled from this nation. You should probably start packing and book a flight to...oh...North Korea? You'll be right at home there. :)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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