Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Promote the General Welfare - Not Welfare

            The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday concerns the phrase “promote the general welfare” found in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. This phrase says that the main purpose for the Constitution is to promote the general welfare. The key word in this phrase is general. When a government promotes the general welfare, it is providing for the health, peace, morality, and safety of all its citizens. Other common terms that could be used would be “general welfare,” “common good,” or “public interest.”

            There are six specific ways that the Constitution promotes the general welfare, and all six purposes are also found in the preamble: perfect the union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty.

            Democrats use the phrase “promote the general welfare” to mean welfare benefits. Now they are pushing for welfare benefits for illegal aliens, those who have broken our laws and now demand benefits. Have you noticed how Democrats are always calling for more help for the undocumented immigrants but could care less for the homeless living on the streets of our cities? They cry about the children crossing the border, but they do not care about the unborn children of Americans.

            The hordes of migrants crossing our borders illegally or asking for asylum are coming from many countries. There are people from Central America, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. They are all trying to get a piece of the American pie. I cannot blame them for wanting better lives, but I do blame them for coming illegally.

            I do not believe that people who break the law should be rewarded. I believe that anyone who crosses the border illegally should never – I repeat NEVER – be given legal residency here. They are not forced to come here. They are not forced to cross our borders. No one invited them to come. They chose to come to the United States, and they chose to do it illegally. Therefore, there should be no rewards given to them!

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