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Friday, February 17, 2006

The Leviathan

On October 25, 2006, Roger Pilon, testified before the Senate on the constitutional limits on federal power and programs. During this testimony, he iterated some quotes of political leaders one is not likely to learn in our dumbed-down public school system, or even in higher ed (Oh wait, is there a difference?).

The federal Government has been hitherto limited to the specified powers, by the Greatest Champions for Latitude [the Federalists] in expounding those powers. If not only the means, but the objects are unlimited, the parchment [Constitution] had better be thrown into the fire at once.

-James Madison (1791), foolishly believed the Federalists could be trusted to keep their word regarding enumerated powers. They couldn't.

I hope your committee will not permit doubts as to constitutionality, however reasonable, to block the suggested legislation. (emphasis added)

-Franklin D Roosevelt (1935), a note to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee regarding a New Deal program.

To the extent that these new social virtues [New Deal policies] developed, they were tortured interpretations of a document [the Constitution] intended to prevent them.

Rexford Tugwell (1965), a principle New Deal architect and Brain Trust member.

I said it once, I'll say it again: Democrats hate liberty.


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