Liberals think that the concept that the Constitution is not some nebulous, unlimited grant of power to the federal government is some sort of recent concoction of evil conservatives like myself. The simple fact is that before liberalism took hold in America, the Constitution was just as conservatives say it actually is and completely contrary to the liberal view. I like to point this out to liberals by actually quoting people from our nation’s history who knew their butts from a hole in the ground on this issue. People like Grover Cleveland who wrote in 1887:
“I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.”
But then again, when does the truth matter to liberals?