Thomas Jefferson – First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”
“…[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
John Adams – A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787
“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.”
The Preamble of the US Constitution shows how these rights are to be secured including, “provide for the common defense, promote the General Welfare“.
Two clear distinctions should be made here:
Provide implies actively and financially supporting, promote implies a more passive approach.
General Welfare is not the same as individual Welfare. General Welfare would benefit the people generally, individual Welfare targets a certain segment of society to benefit, such as the poor.
Providing Individual Welfare is not authorized in the Constitution.
God, who endows us with life, liberty, property, and the right to pursue happiness, also exhorts individuals to care for the needy, the sick, the homeless, the aged, and those who are otherwise unable to care for themselves.
America’s welfare crisis is a government-induced crisis. Government social and cultural policies have undermined an Americanist staple, the work ethic, even as the government’s economic and regulatory policies have undermined the ability of our citizens to obtain work.
Charity, Christian or otherwise, and provision of welfare to those in need, is not a Constitutional responsibility of the federal government. Under no circumstances should the taxpayers of the United States be obligated, under penalty of law through forced taxation, to assume the cost of providing welfare for other citizens. Neither should taxpayers be indentured to subsidize welfare for persons who enter the United States illegally.
We encourage individuals, families, churches, civic groups and other private organizations, to fulfill their personal responsibility to help that in need.