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On the Nature of "Nation"

Constitution of the United States – Preamble: promote general Welfare

“promote the general Welfare”

Promoting the general welfare of the country does not necessarily mean providing for the general welfare:

  • It means creating the conditions under which the general population – We the People – can prosper and flourish.
  • It means protecting the environment in which we live.
  • It means maintaining a stable and balanced economy that offers opportunity for all.
  • It means taking actions to ensure that the needs and necessities of all can be met, though not necessarily by the State directly.
  • It means to ensure that the People are treated fairly in commerce and employment.

However, Article I, section 8, clause 1 states: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States”

It sounds more socialist than anyone would care to admit, but I think that it illustrates the problem of semantic change when trying to make literal interpretation of something written in an earlier age.

So which is it, promote or provide? A bit of both, I believe. Promote whenever possible, provide when there is no alternative way of meeting a need of the general population.

<= provide common Defense
secure Liberty =>


August 15, 2011 - Posted by | Const. Review, Const. Second Reading, Constitution, Preamble | , ,

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