I made this short and sweet with the objective of helping expose some misconceptions that are too common and work against us as we fight for the cause of liberty. Please share these with others as we work to dispel such dangerous myths.
- Three Equal Branches- The founders never wanted the Three branches to be equal. The judicial branch was intended to be less equal.
- Democracy- The United States was not founded as a Democracy
- Consent of the Governed
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governedSo as we can easily see there is a qualifier on what the government can do with the peoples consent. That qualifier is that they can only exercise “just powers”. A just power is one which does not violate individual rights. After all that is the main purpose and function of legitimate government “to secure these rights”.
This leads to the next Constitutional Myth that leads people to falsely believe that government has a blank check to do anything that can be deemed for the good of the people or the majority.
- The General Welfare Clause
When James Madison used the words “general welfare” there were some concerns it would lead to people assuming that government could loosely use the term to grant itself powers. After some debate the founders agreed that it was nothing more than an introductory statement to the specified powers that followed in Article1 Section8.
Bastiat understood the true meaning of welfare when he stated...
If you wish to prosper, let your customer prosper. When people have learned this lesson, everyone will seek his individual welfare in the general welfare. Then jealousies between man and man, city and city, province and province, nation and nation, will no longer trouble the world.Read more about the General Welfare clause here.....